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James Cleverly insisted nobody shall be despatched to jail for refusing to participate in obligatory nationwide service.

The Home Secretary mentioned there could be no felony sanctions for younger folks in the event that they defied the plans underneath a Conservative authorities.

In the primary main coverage announcement forward of the final election, Rishi Sunak pledged to get 18-year-olds to both be part of the navy for 12 months or do “volunteer” work one weekend a month for a yr.

But it has prompted questions over whether or not youngsters could be punished if they don’t participate.

Mr Cleverly advised Sky News’s Sunday Morning With Trevor Phillips programme: “There’s going to be no criminal sanction for this. No one is going to jail over this.

“What we have now seen from the opposite international locations that have gotten related schemes to this firstly there’s really very widescale take up, acceptance and enthusiasm.

“We want to make this compelling, we are going to compel people to do it.

“But additionally we need to ensure that it matches with totally different folks’s aptitudes and aspirations.”

He added: “This is about coping with what we all know to be the case, which is social fragmentation.

“Too many young people live in a bubble within their own communities. They don’t mix with people of different religions, they don’t mix with different viewpoints.”

The Prime Minister mentioned the coverage would assist unite society in an “increasingly uncertain world” and provides younger folks a “shared sense of purpose”.

Volunteering might embrace serving to native hearth, police and NHS providers in addition to charities tackling loneliness and supporting aged, remoted folks.

Mr Sunak mentioned: “This is a great country but generations of young people have not had the opportunities or experience they deserve and there are forces trying to divide our society in this increasingly uncertain world.

“I’ve a transparent plan to deal with this and safe our future. I’ll herald a brand new mannequin of nationwide service to create a shared sense of objective amongst our younger folks and a renewed sense of pleasure in our nation.

“This new, mandatory national service will provide life-changing opportunities for our young people, offering them the chance to learn real-world skills, do new things and contribute to their community and our country.”

But Labour’s shadow work and pensions secretary Liz Kendall mentioned the Conservatives’ nationwide service announcement was a “gimmick”.