Blair makes fresh bid to promote ID cards

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Tony Blair has insisted that people will soon rely on identity cards in all aspects of ordinary life, from shopping online to obtaining a mortgage, as he announced a fresh attempt to sell the scheme to the public.

Legislation establishing ID cards, which are strongly opposed by the Tories and Liberal Democrats, became law seven months ago.

At a Downing Street conference yesterday Mr Blair fired the first shot in a drive to persuade voters of the merits of the cards, which will be issued from 2008. He put a new emphasis on the benefits to consumers of carrying ID cards in obtaining goods and services.