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Sunday’s front pages lead on two main stories: the prime minister’s promise to bring back national service if the Conservatives are re-elected to No 10 at the next general election and the divorce announcement from TV presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford. 

Away from the main stories, other domestic political news looms large on the front pages, whilst the back pages lead on Manchester United’s shock 2-0 FA Cup final win over Manchester City.

Almost all of Friday’s front pages report on the first day of the general election campaigning. Rishi Sunak is pictured in most papers after his disastrous election announcement. 

Regardless of political leanings, many of yesterday’s newspapers agreed that the prime minister’s snap July election was a ‘gamble’. The papers, the experts, and inside sources all concluded choosing an election just 6 weeks away didn’t seem like a great course of action for a party that’s 20 points behind in the opinion polls. Many also slammed the prime minister’s decision to give the announcement outside in the rain with protesters blasting music over the prime minister – not great optics for the government. 

However, the date is now set and the papers have firmly put their foot in their camps. Yesterday marked day one of the election campaigning – here’s how the papers cover it. 

Thursday’s front pages all lead on the announcement of a July 4 general election. Regardless of political leanings, all the papers note the snap election is a “gamble” on PM Rishi Sunak’s part. 

The media, public and even Tory MPs were shocked by the announcement of a July 4 election. Many Tory MPs were hoping for a November election so the benefits of the improving economy could be felt in the pockets of the public. 

The opinion polls still put the Conservatives far behind Labour and many struggle to see what the government’s plan is now. 

It feels reckless, and like a government who’s already thrown in the towel and has accepted defeat. With the hopes the summer’s Euros might act as a distraction, perhaps if the Tories do lose power, it’ll be against a backdrop of a public enjoying themselves and not looking too hard at No 10.