Matthew Taylor the prospective MP for Brighton Kemptown has said he backs National Service on the condition its voluntary and not compulsory, in response to the Second reading of the National Service Bill, put forward by MP for Kettering Mr Philip Hollobone and supported by Stewart Jackson MP for Peterborough.
The National Service Bill will enshrine in Law the requirements for all 18-26 years of sound mind and physical fitness to serve one year of National Service either:
- Working for charity or social action organizations.
- Caring for the elderly or disabled.
- Travelling overseas to help developing countries.
- Work as a cleaner or porter in a hospital
- Join the Police service, Ambulance service or the Army/Navy/Air Force.
Matthew Taylor the prospective MP for Brighton Kemptown and Labour’s Nancy Platts main rival to succeed the disgraced Simon Kirby says, “I commend the MP’s for Kettering and Peterbrough for putting forward such a bold and far-fetching bill before the house. Any scheme which engages the 18-26 age group in worthwhile pursuits such as helping the elderly, oversea aid and joining the emergency services is welcomed. But I cannot vote for the bill in it’s present form. To make it an offence not to serve National Service is a step along the slippery slope of fascism and I will never vote for anything which impedes an indiviuals right to self determination. Ammend it to voluntary rather than complusory and you have my vote.”