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Time to Renew

May 24, 2006 3:02 PM
UK Passport

Time to renew

The Liberal Democrat Home Affairs team - Nick Clegg MP, Lynne Featherstone MP and Mark Hunter MP - today applied to renew their passports to prevent their details from being added to the ID cards database.

They were joined by Party President Simon Hughes MP and rural affairs spokesperson Roger Williams MP.

Once the Government has set up the National Identity Database, everyone who applies for a passport will have to attend an interview and have their fingerprints and irises scanned. Passports issued now will be valid for 10 years, meaning those who renew or apply for a first passport now will be able to wait until 2016 before they are compelled to register for an ID card.

From 2008 anyone applying for a new or renewal passport will have to also submit to biometric testing and pay the additional costs for getting an ID card - even if they opt-out of actually receiving the ID card itself.

Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary, Nick Clegg MP said, "ID cards will be expensive, intrusive and ineffective. I urge everyone who is concerned about their introduction to join the NO2ID 'Renew for Freedom' campaign and renew their passport over the coming weeks.

"The Liberal Democrats were the only party to vote against the introduction of identity cards, and we're making our opposition clear today by buying ourselves 10 years of freedom from this unnecessary scheme."