ID cards still top of Labour's agenda

ID cards still top of Labour's agenda

Summary: The government's election campaign coordinator has confirmed that the failed ID cards legislation will be one of his party's top priorities if re-elected

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Legislation paving the way for identity cards will be reintroduced by the summer, if Labour wins the general election.

Labour's election campaign co-ordinator, Alan Milburn, said that following events, including the ricin case trial, the public needs to be reassured that "every action" was being taken by government, the police and security services to combat terrorism.

"I have spoken to the Prime Minister and Charles Clarke, who have agreed that the Identity Cards Bill will be a major plank of Labour's first Queen's Speech if we win the election," he said.

"If Labour win, the ID Card Bill will be reintroduced before the summer," he added.

Legislation to introduce the controversial biometric ID cards did not make it through parliament before the election was called, and Labour said this was the fault of the Conservatives.

"Only last week, the Conservatives blocked ID cards from becoming law, after nearly three years of discussion in parliament," claimed Milburn.

"I now challenge Michael Howard to say whether the Conservatives will support or oppose the ID Cards Bill when it is reintroduced in parliament," he added.

A Conservative Party spokesman said the party was in favour of ID cards in principle, but if elected would hold a review of the project before going ahead.

Liberal Democrats are opposed to the plans and say hundreds of millions of pounds can be saved by scrapping ID card plans.

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  • I'm curious: are there any IT literate people out there that think ID cards are a good idea?
    anonymous
  • Emm... no, but there are loads of beucrats tring to destroy britian if that helps!

    Don't vote labour!
    anonymous
  • Don't vote Tories either. They support the ID card bill too.
    anonymous
  • Erm, tell me exaclty, what have you got against ID cards?

    It's like a passport. Your wallet has all the information in it that a ID card would - are you against your wallet?

    The guys designing them are also not idiots, there not going to be easily forged - everything else used today easily can be.

    It'll help combat crime and illegal imigration.

    I would love using one card instead of my Studen ID, Bank, Donar, Phone etc....

    Seriously, why not?

    Also, Labours done great for this country. Enough said.
    anonymous
  • ID CARDS WILL NOT STOP IMMIGRATION PROBLEMS OR TERRISTS FROM DOING WHAT THEY BELIEVE AS TO BE DONE
    IMMIGRATION CAUSED BY OTHERS OF OUR OWN KIND MAKING MONEY .
    GERMANY COULD NOT STOP US INTHE LAST WAR FROM ESCAPING EITHER AND THAT WAS BAD THEN.
    THERE,S ALWAYS TWO SIDES TO A COIN AND FRAUD AND ILLEGAS WILL COME IN AS LONG AS THERE ARE PEOPLE TO USE THEM FOR CHEAP LABOUR AND MAKE MONEY
    ID IS FOR THE GOVERMENT AND DHSS ETC
    AND MONEY FOR THE DESIGNERS OF THE SOFTWARE AND POOR ROAD USES NEXT ON THE LIST WHAT!!
    anonymous