General Election LIVE: Sunak vows to bring back National Service as Farage slammed for 'handing election advantage' to PM

General Election LIVE: Sunak vows to bring back National Service as Farage slammed for 'handing election advantage' to PM

Sunak's national service pledge is 'POTTY': 'He's lost every single young voter'

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Dimitris Kouimtsidis

By Dimitris Kouimtsidis

Published: 26/05/2024

- 09:11

Updated: 15/06/2024

- 08:09

GB News will bring you all the latest updates from Westminster as the UK enters its fourth day of the 2024 General Election campaign

  • Rishi Sunak has vowed to bring back National Service for 18-year-olds
  • Teens could get arrested for refusing to take part, a leaked briefing paper suggests
  • Boris Johnson tipped to return to take on Starmer
  • Nigel Farage slammed for 'handing election advantage' to Sunak

Rishi Sunak has vowed to bring back National Service for 18-year-olds.

Young people will be given a choice between a full-time placement in the armed forces for a year, or spending one weekend a month for 12 months volunteering in their community.

An internal Tory briefing paper on the policy does not rule out arresting youngsters if they fail to take part.

Boris Johnson is being tipped to launch a "calculated" campaign against Starmer, sources close to the former PM have told GB News.

Michael Gove has been branded 'ungrateful' by Michael Portillo for stepping down at the general election.

Nigel Farage has sparked a fiery row with Camilla Tominey after deciding not to stand with Reform in the election campaign.

Meanwhile, Sunak has been reportedly threatened with legal action for allegedly blocking pro-Boris candidates from standing as prospective Tory MPs.

Home Secretary James Cleverly has admitted that 18-year-olds could be 'deployed to the front line' if national service is introduced.

Kwasi Kwarteng and Camilla Tominey discuss today's show on GB News

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Camilla and Kwasi Kwarteng

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In an exclusive post show interview for GB News Members, Kwasi Kwarteng and Camilla Tominey discussed controversial new plans by the Conservatives to re-introduce national service.

Read the full story here.

Labour warned they would face tough negotiations with EU 

Former British ambassador to the EU and the US, Lord Darroch said: "The Commission is an extremely hard-nosed negotiator. And they pride themselves on it.

"The EU has moved on from Brexit. There are plenty of issues around Europe. And what happens next with the Brits really doesn’t make the top 10.

"They expect Labour to be basically more pro-European but they also expect Labour to be extremely cautious on Europe... we shouldn’t expect any free gifts."

Read the full story here.

Sunak's national service pledge could mean 18-year-olds are 'deployed to the frontline', Cleverly admits

James Cleverly

James Cleverly revealed those who take part in military national service 'could be deployed'

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Home Secretary James Cleverly has revealed a key detail in Rishi Sunak's latest election pledge, as the Prime Minister announced he would "bring back national service" if the Tories are re-elected.

When pressed for more information on the military part of the proposed national service, Cleverly told GB News: "The military bit of this will be limited to about 30,000 people. That bit will be voluntary.

"So the scheme over all will be compulsory, but the military bit will only be for people who volunteer to do that element of it."

When asked to confirm if the service will require those 18-year-olds to be deployed in the "worst case scenario", the Home Secretary admitted: "There is of course, always the chance that someone who is in the military gets deployed. But the point we're saying very, very clearly is that no one will be compelled to do the military element."


Sunak threatened with legal action for 'blocking pro-Boris candidates from standing as MPs'

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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has been slammed as "Stalinist" after he was accused of blocking pro-Boris Johnson candidates from standing as MPs.

Legal action is being considered by a group of "senior and unfairly treated figures" on the right of the party.

Read the full story here

Nigel Farage sparks fiery row on GB News for 'handing election advantage' to Rishi Sunak

Camilla Tominey and Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage has defended his decision not to stand for Reform in this July's election

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Nigel Farage has been accused of "sacrificing Reform votes" after his decision to not stand in July's general election sparked widespread backlash.

In a heated row with GB News presenter Camilla Tominey, Farage hit out at those criticising his move and claimed he "didn't have time" to work on both the Reform UK campaign and the US election campaign.

Camilla scolded Farage: "You're a man of the people and you've basically turned around and said, at the end of the day, America is bigger than Little England, therefore I'm going to go and help Trump."

Farage claimed: "By choosing the path I have for the next six weeks, I'll be speaking to millions of people. If I decided now I'm going to go for a constituency, I'd have been speaking to about 80,000."


Michael Gove slammed by Portillo for 'ungrateful' election move

Michael Portillo blasts 'ungrateful' Gove for stepping down as MP

Michael Portillo hit out at 'ungrateful' Michael Gove for stepping down after 20 years

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Michael Gove has been slammed by former Conservative MP and GB News presenter Michael Portillo, following his decision to step down at the next general election.

Speaking to Camilla Tominey on GB News, Portillo criticised Gove's decision alongside a record-breaking 77 other MPs who have chosen to step down, branding them "ungrateful".

Portillo fumed: "Members of Parliament got elected because they have constituency associations that work very hard for them, and given them tremendous loyalty.

"I think it is the most profound discourtesy to give up your seat when the election's announced. If you want to leave, you should give six months or 12 months notice."


Boris tipped to launch 'calculated' campaign against Starmer

Boris JohnsonBoris Johnson during a visit to Jimmy Egan's Boxing Academy at WythenshawePA

Boris Johnson is “champing at the bit” to take on Sir Keir Starmer and will launch a "calculated" campaign against the Labour leader, allies of the former Prime Minister have told GB News.

Johnson is being tipped to take on his former foe during the 2024 General Election campaign as an ever-increasing number of Conservatives call on the ex-Prime Minister to return to the Tory fold.

A former Johnson aide claimed Britons can expect to see much more of the former Prime Minister ahead of election day.

The ex-Number 10 insider told GB News: “Boris will be champing at the bit. As much as I’d be surprised if it’s constant door-knocking and big broadcast moments, he will make very calculated and well-timed interventions during the campaign.”


Teens 'could be arrested' for not taking part in National Service

According to an internal Tory briefing paper seen by the Daily Mirror, the prospect of arresting 18-year-olds who fail to take part in National Service has not been ruled out.

In a Q&A section of the document, it asks: “Will you arrest people who don’t comply?” The response is: “It is right that those who contribute to our system are duly rewarded, and those who refuse receive none of the benefits. The Royal Commission will explore an appropriate incentives regime.”

James Cleverly has ruled that out however.

The Home Secretary told Sky News that no one is "going to jail", but added that "we are going to compel people to do it".

He also explained that those taking part in the military option will be remunerated, but those who do weekend volunteering will not.

Rishi Sunak vows to bring back National Service for 18-year-olds if he wins

Young cadets

18-year-olds would have a choice of a 12-month military placement or volunteering in their community


Rishi Sunak has vowed to bring back National Service for 18-year-olds if he wins the upcoming General Election.

The PM said he wants to create a "renewed sense of pride in our country" and instill a "shared sense of purpose" in youngsters in the face of forces which were "trying to divide our society".

Under the mandatory scheme, young adults will have to choose between either a 12-month military placement or spend one week a year volunteering in their community.

The Tories hope that the policy will mark a clear dividing line between them and Labour and present themselves as the only party that can be trusted with the country's security and defence.

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