Jo welcomes cancellation of ID card scheme

Jo Swinson, MP for East Dunbartonshire, has praised the achievement of another Lib Dem manifesto commitment, as identity cards cease to be valid legal documents after today, 21st January 2011.

The Liberal Democrats have consistently campaigned against the implementation of the ID cards scheme, introduced by the previous Labour Government.

In May this year, the Coalition Government began the process of scrapping identity cards by introducing a Bill to Parliament. The legislation was passed to abolish the scheme and its database, meaning existing ID cards will no longer be legal forms of identification, and resulting in a saving of £835 million on planned future investment.

Commenting, Jo Swinson said:

“As my Liberal Democrat colleagues and I have opposed Labour’s ID cards from day one, I am delighted to see the culmination of the long-fought campaign against this expensive, bureaucratic and unwanted scheme.

“The cancellation of ID cards is just one of many steps the Coalition will be taking to roll back the undermining of civil liberties in the UK under the previous Labour government.”

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