Prime Minister Rishi Sunak Faces Tough Question on National Service from Devon Teen in Drew Arms Pub

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak Faces Tough Question on National Service from Devon Teen in Drew Arms Pub

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak had a notable interaction with a student questioning him about National Service.

The student, Henry Hassell, approached Sunak at the Drew Arms pub, asking, “Why do you hate young people so much?” in reference to the policy of mandatory National Service.

Student’s Bold Question

In a video that has gone viral on TikTok, 16-year-old Henry confronts Sunak, saying, “You’re making us go into the Army.”

Sunak responds by assuring him that participation would be a choice and adds, “You’ll love it.”

Henry’s Concerns and Sunak’s Response

Henry, an indie singer/songwriter from Devon, expresses his frustration, stating, “I’ve volunteered all my life. Why do I have to do it again when I’m finally coming out of education?” Sunak, while walking away, remarks, “A culture of service is a good thing for our country.”

National Service Policy

This interaction comes after Sunak’s pledge to introduce National Service for 18-year-olds, requiring them to join the military, cyber defense, or engage in unpaid community work.

He believes this policy will enhance societal cohesion and strengthen the UK’s defense.

Prime Minister’s Campaign Activities

On the same day, Sunak visited Burrs Country Park during a Conservative general election campaign event in Bury.

Since announcing the UK General Election date as July 4, Sunak has been actively campaigning, visiting key battleground regions across the UK.

Challenges in the Campaign

Sunak’s campaign faced challenges, including the resignation of Aaron Bell, former Tory MP for Newcastle-under-Lyme, who announced he wouldn’t stand in the upcoming election.

Bell’s decision came despite his recent participation in the campaign trail in Stoke-on-Trent.

Julian Knight’s Decision to Stand as Independent

In another setback, former Tory MP Julian Knight, who lost the whip over sexual assault allegations, announced his intention to stand as an independent candidate in Solihull.

Knight had previously stated he wouldn’t seek re-election but has now decided to run against the Tories in the West Midlands seat.

Viral TikTok Moment

The encounter between Sunak and Henry has captured significant attention on social media, particularly TikTok, highlighting the ongoing debate over the proposed National Service policy and its implications for young people.

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