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Nick Clegg: I'll go to court rather than have an ID card

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Published on Oct 31, 2007

Nick Clegg MP has vowed to face court proceedings rather than register for an ID card if the government presses ahead with plans to make them compulsory.

If he were elected leader of the party he would urge his fellow MPs not to co-operate and ask Liberal Democrat controlled councils to ensure no local public services require an identity card.

Nick renewed his passport in May 2006 to avoid being included on the National Identity Register for another ten years.

Nick Clegg said:

"If the government seeks to make ID cards compulsory on every British citizen I will lead a people's campaign to thwart the programme. I, and I expect thousands of people like me, will refuse to be forced to register.

"This is an issue that is so contrary to the spirit of British liberty and privacy that I would not be able to stand by. I am willing to do everything in my power to stop this intrusive, expensive and unnecessary imposition on the liberty of the British people."

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