Calls for ID cards to be scrapped

SOUTH Derbyshire MP Mark Todd has called on the Government to abandon its plans for ID cards.

Since November, ID cards have been compulsory for foreign nationals living in the UK and will become mandatory for workers at Manchester and London City airport this year.

The cards — containing details of a person’s fingerprints and their name, date of birth and address — will then be offered to everyone else in the country from 2011.

Mr Todd (pictured) called on the Government to halt the project during an adjournment debate.

He said: “While there have been some sensible decisions made since the passage of the bill — to simplify the project, to deconstruct it and integrate it with existing activity, to change the disastrously ill-thought through justifications of it — I doubt that it is realisable in its planned form.”