Tory national service policy like a ‘teenage Dad’s Army’, Starmer says

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer dismissed Rishi Sunak’s national service plan as a “teenage Dad’s Army”.

Mr Sunak has vowed to bring the controversial National Service scheme for 18-year-olds if he wins the general election.

Giving his keynote speech on Monday (27 May), Sir Keir said there was “desperation” behind the policy which would be “paid for by cancelling levelling-up funding and money from tax avoidance that we would use to invest in our NHS”.

“All elections are a choice and this is a clear one: levelling-up and the NHS with Labour or more desperate chaos with the Tories. That is the choice.”