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Sunak: let’s bring back national service

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The first big new policy announcement of the election campaign is in from the Tories, and it’s likely to be a talker. Where Keir Starmer appears to be opting for a ‘ming vase’ strategy – trying not to rock the boat ahead of polling day – the Tories are leaning towards the opposite. At 20 points behind in the polls, aides believe they need headline-grabbing, bold policies in order to get the public’s attention. The first of which is the return of mandatory national service. What’s the thinking behind this one? 

Oscar Edmondson speaks to Katy Balls and Fraser Nelson. 

Produced by Oscar Edmondson. 

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