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4 October 2005

Students let down by Labour

At a meeting at Edinburgh University yesterday John Barrett MP had to give both the arguments for and against the Governments controversial plans for compulsory ID cards after no Labour MP could be found to publicly defend the Government's own proposals.

At a debate on ID cards organised by the Edinburgh University Politics Society, although six Labour MPs had been contacted, not a single Labour MP agreed to speak in favour of the Government's proposals.

Speaking after the debate John Barrett said:

" When I agreed to speak in this debate I did not expect to have to outline the flawed arguments in favour of the scheme as well my own arguments against.

" The fact that no Labour MP was prepared to publicly support the Governments proposals tells you every thing you need to know about the ID cards scheme. It is expensive, ineffective and simply indefensible. It is nice to see that some Labour MPs seem to agree with this assessment."

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