The headline on the front page of the Daily Mirror reads: "Desperate"

News of the Conservatives’ plan to reintroduce national service for young people should it win the next general election continues to dominate Monday’s front pages, with the Daily Mirror calling it “desperate”. The move would “cost billions” and is “the last thing the military needs”, the paper says. It adds that a “leaked paper failed to rule out jailing those not signing up”

The headline on the front page of the Guardian reads: "Sunak's national service plan is 'bonkers', says ex-military chief"

There’s more criticism of the Tories’ national service plan in the Guardian, with the paper quoting an ex-military chief describing it as “bonkers”. Adm Lord West, a former chief of the naval staff, told the paper that “we need to spend more on defence, and – by doing what [Sunak is] suggesting, money will be sucked out of defence”. Also on the front is a picture of some ecstatic Southampton fans as they go “marching in to the Premier League”, after winning the Championship play-off final on Sunday

The headline on the front page of the Daily Telegraph reads: "Young royals face National Service in Sunak plan"

The Daily Telegraph adds that young members of the Royal Family would not be exempt from national service, should the plan go ahead. Exemptions from the scheme will be “very limited”, the paper says, and royal children – such as Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – would be “expected to take part”. Teenagers would be required to participate “regardless of whether they are at university, have a job, or are on a gap year”, it continues

The headline on the front page of the Financial Times reads: "Sunak steps up national service push as campaign stutters stir Tory dismay"

Despite the criticism, the prime minister will “double down” on these plans on Monday, according to the Financial Times. The paper quotes Rishi Sunak as saying he wants to make sure young people “can get the most” out of the scheme, and is looking at ways of doing so. But the FT says a defence minister in his government “rejected” the plan just last week

The headline on the front page of the Daily Mail reads: "Rishi fights back after his national service plan is ridiculed"

Mr Sunak is “[fighting] back” after the plan was “ridiculed”, according to the front page of the Daily Mail. The paper says that Mr Sunak has “assured voters that it would open doors for teenagers”, after “a heated debate” about the scheme over the weekend

The headline on the front page of the Daily Express reads: "UK's youth must 'toughen up' to combat global threat"

Also defending the plan is Defence Secretary Grant Shapps, who is quoted in Monday’s Daily Express as saying it will “toughen up” Britain’s youth, as well as boosting the country’s “resilience”. He adds that the recruitment of thousands of young people for a year-long stint in the armed forces is what the military “sorely needs”

The headline on the front page of the i reads: "Labour plan to rebuild Britain will rely on private finance"

Elsewhere, the i reports on Labour’s plans should it win the election on 4 July. The paper says Labour would “rely on private finance” to fund its plan “to rebuild Britain”. A “10-year strategy” – which would include major road, railway and housing projects – would be set out by leader Sir Keir Starmer “within a year” of becoming prime minister, the paper adds.

The headline on the front page of the Times reads: "Labour: We will act fast to win trust on security"

The party would also carry out a “100-day review of all the threats facing Britain” – including artificial intelligence, Russia and Iran – should it come to power, The Times reports. Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper told the paper “clear, sharp leadership and direction” was needed as the country risks “being outpaced by its adversaries”. Featured prominently on the front page is a picture of Mark Long, who was named as the RAF pilot who died when his Spitfire came down in Lincolnshire on Saturday

The headline on the front page of the Daily Star reads: "Soggy bottom Monday"

And the Daily Star leads on what it calls “soggy bottom Monday”, as it says the country can expect to see “12 hours of rain” on the bank holiday. Meanwhile two Manchester football celebrations are pictured at the top of the front page – with the paper reporting “inside” Manchester United’s celebrations after they won the FA Cup on Saturday, as well as Manchester City being “out on the crown” on Sunday to celebrate their Premier League title win

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Despite receiving criticism over the national service plan, the prime minister will “double down” on it on Monday, according to the Financial Times

The Daily Mail reports that the number of sick days due to mental health taken by prison and probation staff last year reached a record high.

The paper carries analysis by the Labour Party which suggests that, in the year to March 2024, more than 282,000 working days were lost to illness in the Prison and Probation Service – the equivalent of 774 years.

Children who feel lonely could be prescribed activities such as fishing and needlework, according to the Telegraph.

It explains that a four-year pilot project, for nine to 13-year-olds, will test how effective the approach is for improving children’s mental wellbeing and their school attendance.

The i reports that a pumping station in the Lake District has been continuously discharging sewage into the River Eea for six weeks.

A whistleblower claims water bosses have ignored pollution problems at the Cark-in-Cartmel site in Cumbria for two decades. The water firm United Utilities says it will spend £1.5m increasing capacity at the pumping station to reduce sewage spills.

The Daily Express reports that the BBC show Strictly Come Dancing is struggling to sign up female contestants this year, following allegations against the professional dancer Giovanni Pernice.

The paper says he is taking legal action after some of his former dance partners complained about his behaviour in training sessions.

Mr Pernice denies any wrongdoing. The BBC hasn’t commented on the allegations, but a show insider is quoted as saying that it has made bookings harder than ever.

And more young women are experiencing what the Financial Times calls ”dating app fatigue’‘, and deleting the platforms from their phones.

The paper says apps such as Tinder and Bumble are exploring new features and marketing, to appeal to women in their early 20s. A survey by Bumble found that 70% of women using the app had experienced ”burnout”.

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