James Cleverly has defended Rishi Sunak's new pledge to attract voters

James Cleverly says National Service is 'compulsory' but those who refuse will not receive 'criminal sanctions'

Tobias Ellwood MP has defended the new policy idea

Tobias Ellwood defends mandatory National Service policy pledge as world 'has 1930s feel' to it

Michael Gove made the announcement on Friday evening

Michael Gove not standing for re-election is 'very significant', says Starmer

Small boat crossings are at record levels

More than 10,000 migrants thought to have arrived in UK so far this year after crossing Channel

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Andy Street could run for a safe MP seat in Birmingham

Former West Midlands Mayor Andy Street could run for safe MP seat in Birmingham

The new plans for a National Service have taken centre stage today as the General Election campaign enters the first weekend

LIVE: Campaign continues as parties and leaders react to plans for National Service for 18-year-olds

Conservative MP Craig Mackinlay has said he will not be able to bear the 'rigours' of life as an MP

‘Bionic MP’ Craig Mackinlay shares emotional statement and says it will be ‘impossible’ for him to contest seat

Jeremy Corbyn has announced he is standing as an independent in the election

Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn announces he is standing as an independent at the General Election

Keir Starmer has said he will debate Rishi Sunak

Starmer says he's 'not dodging' General Election debates with Sunak after PM says Labour leader 'lacks courage'

Energy bills are expected to fall from July

Energy bills to fall by £122 from July as new price cap announced by Ofgem

Plans to scrap no-fault evictions are among those which now might not become law

Government accused of breaking promise to scrap no-fault evictions as bill now unlikely to pass

Sunak on the campaign trail today (left), with Huw Merriman (top) and Jo Churchill (bottom)

Second minister of day announces exit from Parliament adding to Tory headache to fill '150 empty candidate spots'

Keir Starmer served under Jeremy Corbyn in the Shadow Cabinet

Jeremy Corbyn 'set to run for election against Labour' as an independent in Islington North

Everything you need to know ahead of the General Election

Everything you need to know about the General Election: How to vote, how to register and how to find your MP

Rishi Sunak's smoking ban may be pulled

Rishi Sunak's flagship smoking ban 'at risk' despite PM pledging that next generation will 'grow up smoke-free'

Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage will not stand for Reform at general election in boost for Sunak, as he says he is focused on Donald Trump

Rishi Sunak admitted on LBC that no Rwanda flights would take off before July 4

Rishi Sunak admits no Rwanda flights will take off before General Election

Sunak and Starmer have launched their election campaigns after the Prime Minister announced a shock July 4 poll.

Sunak tells Britain to ‘choose its future’ as he launches election campaign whilst Starmer says ‘it’s time for change’