John Redwood reiterates opposition to ID Cards

Speaking in yesterday’s Opposition Day Debate on Identity Cards, John Redwood reiterated his opposition to the Government’s Identity Card and National Identity Database scheme. He warned that ID Cards will do nothing to prevent illegal immigration given that immigrants already have to show their passports when coming into the UK.

The text of John’s intervention from Hansard follows:

Mr. John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): My hon. Friend is making a very good point. Does he agree that it was always absurd to suppose that an illegal immigrant coming into this country would somehow escape all passport checks but would suddenly be caught out by a check on an ID card? It is completely unnecessary, is it not, to demand an ID card as well as a passport? We should use the passport.

Chris Grayling: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. Of course, if we had a proper border police force in this country—that is what we need—the problem would not arise in the first place because we would intercept those illegal immigrants at the border.

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  1. oldrightie
    Posted July 7, 2009 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    This whole matter is a typical underhand Labour operation wherebye influence and income for the Labour Party is perceived as obtainable via contract tenders and patronage. Trouble is they have been rumbled. So now they need to pursue ID card introduction by the back door in order to avoid the losses they will incur from the promises already made. An identical though smaller example (names a company winning a contract and honour for person involved)

  2. Mark M
    Posted July 7, 2009 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    I see you’ve started referring to yourself in the third person. Very celeb 🙂

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