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Stephen Williams MP condemns ID cards

10.09.44am BST (GMT +0100) Tue 28th Jun 2005

ID Cards

The Lib Dems say "NO!" to ID cards.

Stephen Williams, Lib Dem MP for Bristol West, has spoken out against ID cards ahead of today's crucial commons vote. His comments come after the publication of a report by the London School of Economics that predict the scheme could cost up to four times the original estimate and will be "neither safe nor appropriate."

Stephen said "This report should be the final nail in the coffin for Labour's identity card proposals. The more ID cards are investigated, the less credible they appear. It cannot be right to charge every person over £200 - or the taxpayer billions - to pursue a scheme which won't deliver the benefits that the government suggests."

"But the problems are not limited to cost. There are very substantial concerns about biometric failure rates, there is evidence of exaggerated claims made by the government about the requirement to meet international standards and - most tellingly - there is every indication that ID cards could actually undermine rather than strengthen national security. It is imperative that the opposition parties and Labour backbenchers work together to kill off this dangerous and costly Bill," he added.

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