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Dear Gordon

Posted in ID Cards, politicians on liberty by ukliberty on January 9, 2008

The Guardian:

David Cameron has tonight written to Gordon Brown demanding clarification over whether identity cards will be compulsory.

The Conservative leader stepped up pressure on the prime minister following ill-tempered exchanges between the two during parliamentary question time.

As the two leaders clashed on the issue, Brown appeared to contradict himself over whether ID cards would be compulsory.

In a letter to the prime minister, David Cameron has asked him to clarify his position.

He writes: “Following our exchange at prime minister’s questions today, I am writing to ask for an important clarification.

“Anyone watching will have been left in considerable doubt about whether you personally support compulsory ID cards and will recommend this approach to the House of Commons.

“In the Observer, on Sunday, you said: ‘Under our proposals there is no compulsion for existing British citizens.’ Yet you agreed with the statement of government policy that: ‘It is the government’s policy that ID cards should eventually be compulsory for everyone resident in the United Kingdom who is aged 16 or over.’

“Could you now answer this very simple question: do you personally support a compulsory ID card system for British nationals?

“I should be grateful if you could please clarify your position by answering my straightforward question.” Downing Street has been contacted for a response.

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