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NO2ID Newsletter No 147
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++ NO2ID Supporters' Newsletter No. 147 - 22nd April 2010 ++

Two weeks from now Parliament will have changed. Whoever forms the next government, over a quarter of MPs will be new to the job. Many may not know how much the database state matters to their constituents, or how deeply it will affect them.

They need to be informed and you can help. Starting now.

Over the next fortnight make it a point to ask your local candidates one of NO2ID's seven questions for candidates at a hustings meeting or in a personal letter or e-mail. Listen carefully to what they say, and let them know you'll be following up. One of them will be your MP and needs to know you care.

NO2ID is looking for candidates to have their own opinions on these questions. We aren't seeking to punish people for giving 'wrong' answers or to antagonise them [1]. What we are hoping is to get them outside pat party lines and looking at the issues for themselves. Even if they disagree with us now, a willingness to think about it will make them approachable in the next parliament.

You can download a list of our seven questions for candidates here:

Whatever happens on 6th May, NO2ID's job is far from over. While we continue to campaign for the repeal of the Identity Cards Act 2006 and complete dismantling of the National Identity Scheme, stopping the database state means fighting on many fronts - our questions probe some major ones - which we can't do without YOU.

Please join us now:

Dr Edgar A. Whitley and Dr Gus Hosein from the LSE Identity Project have compiled a helpful run-down of opposition parties' manifesto promises on the ID scheme and provide an analysis of Labour's manifesto commitment. We also recommend their article clarifying what various parties mean when they say they will "scrap ID cards" - not least because it exposes the government myth that 'we need to do most of this for passports anyway':
[1] Please read NO2ID's guide to lobbying your MP, which applies equally to contacting Parliamentary candidates:
What just happened?

+ Parliamentary wash-up rubber stamps DNA retention of innocent +
The controversial retention of DNA and other materials of innocent people for 6 years was passed as part of the so called "parliamentary wash-up" before parliament was dissolved. When a General Election is called all Bills not passed on the date when parliament is dissolved are lost. To get around this politicians use something called the "wash-up" whereby the major parties horse-trade over legislation that has not yet made it all the way through the parliamentary procedure. The new DNA retention law is contained in the Crime and Security Act which is just one of many new acts that have been snuck through without proper parliamentary debate. The European Court of Human Rights in 2008 ruled that the UK government's retention of the DNA of innocent people was unlawful - it remains to be seen whether the new 6 year retention is compatible with that ruling. During the wash-up a total of 18 bills were passed into law. For a list of bills passed see:

+ Opt out of NHS Summary Care Records despite roll-out halt +
The Department of Health has suspended the roll-out of the Summary Care Record (SCR) in the five strategic health authorities where accelerated implementation has been under way. A propaganda leaflet entitled 'Changes to your health records' sent to patients in the selected areas claims that the controversial Summary Care Records system is being
introduced "to improve the safety and quality of patient care". The leaflet does not spell out any of the dangers of data sharing and no opt-out form has been sent with the letters to patients. The leaflet states: "You can choose not to have an SCR if you want to. If you choose not to have an SCR, your health records will stay as they are now and you will not receive the benefits we have told you about." The roll-out has only been stopped because doctors were becoming alarmed at the cavalier way medical confidentiality was being assumed. The upload could be resumed at any point but opting-out now is still effective, so people who are concerned should still instruct their doctor in writing that they object to their records being put on the Spine *until they positively tell him/her otherwise*. (The five areas where patients have been contacted are NHS North West, NHS North East, NHS Yorkshire and Humber, NHS London and NHS East of England).
Links to opt-out forms:

+ Home Affairs Committee criticises E-Borders Programme +
The outgoing Home Affairs Select Committee published a report into the UK Border Agency before parliament was dissolved. The report details some of the controversy surrounding the government's E-Borders programme and the collection of "Additional Passenger Information data". The report states: "despite the assurances given by the Government in their responses to our original reports, the subsequent evidence we have
received reinforces and, in some areas, increases the concerns we felt at the end of last year. None of these issues will be resolved within the next few months, and all will have a serious impact on thousands of people. We believe it appropriate that we should briefly draw them to the attention of our successor Committee in the next Parliament, and we
urge our successors to seek an update on them as early as possible."
Download the report at:

+ Election Related websites +
The following election-related sites might be useful in the run up to the election and post-6th May:
- Democracy Club is looking for volunteers to hold candidates to account.
- Vote Match makes brief mention of ID cards (for immigrants and asylum seekers).
- Vote Yay! to The People's Policy to scrap the ID scheme:
What's next?

*+ Election leafleting +*
With the election fast approaching we have a number of leaflets in stock that need delivering. If you can distribute a few hundred for us please email James Elsdon-Baker on We also recommend leaving leaflets in places like pubs, cafes, and community centres or handing them out on the street as the most effective method!
*+ 29th April - Erasing David - New Feature Length Documentary +
*'Erasing David' is an exciting new feature length documentary that explores our personal relationship with the Database State. On Thursday 29th April, 8.30pm there will be a nationwide screening and live satellite Q&A at participating cinemas, with speakers including Phil Booth (NO2ID), Shami Chakrabarti, Will Self, Michael Nyman, David Davis and the director David Bond. Participating venues:
Aberdeen -- The Belmont Picturehouse
Bath -- Little Theatre Cinema
Brighton -- Duke Of Yorks
Cambridge -- Cambridge Picturehouse
Edinburgh -- Cameo Picturehouse
Exeter -- Picturehouse
Henley-On-Thames -- Regal Picturehouse
Islington - Screen on The Green
Lancaster -- The Dukes Cinema
Liverpool -- FACT
London -- Brixton Ritzy Picturehouse, The Lexi Cinema Kensal Rise,
Greenwich Picturehouse, Stratford Picturehouse, Notting Hill Gate
Newcastle -- Tyneside Cinema
Norwich -- Cinema City
Oxford -- Phoenix Picturehouse
Prestatyn -- The Scala
Southampton -- Harbour Lights Picturehouse
Stamford -- Arts Centre
Straford-upon-Avon -- Stratford Picturehouse
Winchester - The Screen
York -- Picturehouse
(contact your local Cinema for further details)

In the run-up to the election, you may be visited by canvassers of one or more parties. Please don't forget to tell them that one of your major concerns is the ID scheme and the database state. It's just one small way in which you can help keep candidates in your constituency aware of our issue - and that it is of local concern.
*+ Have your say - National Identity Service Public Panels +*
The UK Identity and Passport Service (UKIPS) is setting up public panels around the country to get the views of members of the public as they build the "National Identity Service". Public panels will be made up of 11 members, and will meet for half a day up to three times a year. The aim is to "produce an Identity Rights Charter. This will set out the rights and responsibilities people, businesses and the Government have under the NIS". To join a panel you can fill in the online form at or call 020 3356 8174. More details at
"ID" in the news

*+ PCTs push on with SCR despite DH stop - e-Health Insider 22/4/10 +*
NHS organisations are hoping to go-ahead with the roll-out of the Summary Care Record, despite the Department of Health's announcement that it should be suspended. The DH has confirmed to EHI Primary Care that it is "in discussions" with strategic health authorities and PCTs that want special dispensation to continue with the roll-out

*+ Johnson: ID cards will pay for themselves - Kable 21/4/10 +*
Speaking during a crime debate on BBC Daily Politics programme on 20 April 2010, Alan Johnson said scrapping the identity card scheme at this stage would be counterproductive and a "waste".

*+ UK almost tops international Google-snoop league - The Register 21/4/10 +*
British authorities demand more data on Google users per capita than almost any other major democracy, newly-published figures have revealed. The dominant search engine received 1,166 requests for private user data from British government organisations - the vast majority very likely from police and the intelligence agencies - in the 6 months to 31
December 2009.

*+ SCR roll-out suspended - e-Health Insider 16/4/10 +*
The Department of Health has suspended the roll-out of the Summary Care Record in the five strategic health authorities where accelerated implementation has been underway.

*+ ID card's gold is just for show - 15/4/10 +*
Critics of the government's ID card project have long questioned its usefulness - but it has now emerged that one of the card's most eye-catching elements doesn't actually do anything. ID cards issued in the UK currently carry a gold-coloured contact plate, similar to those found on credit cards with chip and PIN functionality.

*+ Schools in Bolton sample cashless meals - The Bolton News 14/4/10 +*
Fingerprint technology is replacing cash in a bid to get the dinner queues moving in Bolton high schools. Children at four schools in the borough are paying for their meals simply by pressing their finger on to a biometric pad under the new scheme.

*+ DVLA deals £300m card-style licence contract - The Register 13/4/10 +*
A Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency contract to supply card-style driving licences could be used to continue to produce ID cards for foreign nationals. In a tender notice in the Official Journal of the European Union on 9 April 2010, the DVLA says it is looking for a supplier to design services for chipped and non-chipped cards.

*+ EU data laws force e-Borders' compromise - ZDNet 8/4/10 +*
Data protection laws in other European countries will decide whether the UK Border Agency receives information on those travelling to Britain.

(Please send me any items of interest you encounter - Editor( )

To see if there's a group in your area check our list at
Or, if you're interested in starting a group yourself, please contact Matty on to discuss what's involved and what we have in place to support coordinators and their groups.

_*+ Blackburn +*_
If you are interested in the work of this group, please join the Blackburn mailing group at

_*+ Cambridge +*_
*+ 24th April & 1st May - Cambridge NO2ID Stall +*
Saturdays 24th April and 1st May - namely every Saturday until the General Election, from 1pm in the usual spot outside Cambridge Guildhall ( Please contact Andrew on
07710 469624 if you'd like to help.

*+ 29th April - Erasing David premiere in Cambridge +*
Thursday 29th April, 8.30pm at the Arts Picturehouse (38-39 St Andrews Street, Cambridge CB2 3AR). This feature-length documentary, about one man's attempt to find out who knows what about him, shows just how hard it can be to keep your life private. The premiere will be followed by a live discussion, relayed from the Brixton Ritzy. Taking part in the debate will be David Davis, Shami Chakrabarti, Michael Nyman, Will Self and David Bond, the director. For Cambridge bookings, call 0871 704 2050 (calls cost 10p per minute) or visit NO2ID will have a stall in the foyer.

For more details email or call 07710 469624.

*+ 4th May - Camden/Islington NO2ID Meeting (1st Tuesday of month) +*
Tuesday 4th May, 8.00pm. Camden/Islington meet on the first Tuesday of the month at the Kings Head, 59 Essex Rd, Islington. All welcome.

_**__*+ Canterbury +*_
To stay up to date join the Canterbury NO2ID mailing list on:

_*+ Dorking +*_
*+ 4th May - Dorking NO2ID Monthly Meeting (first Tuesday of month) +*
Tuesday 4th May, 7:30pm - our monthly get-together at South Street Wine Bar, South Street, Dorking. All welcome.
If you would like to help or get involved, contact Geoff Cox
( or 01306 631377), or just come along to our monthly

_*+ Dover +*_*
*To stay up to date with Dover NO2ID join our mailing list on:

_*+ Durham +*_
*+ 26th April - NO2ID Street Stall +*
NO2ID will be heading to Durham for a street stall on Monday 26th April from 10-2pm on the Framwellgate bridge. We will be joined by opposition candidates Carol Woods for the Liberal Democrats and Nick Varley for the Conservatives, with additional support of the young volunteers from Conservative Futures. If you would like to lend a hand please email James Elsdon-Baker on or give him a call on 07817605162

_**__*+ Edinburgh +
****+ Saturdays 1pm - 3pm - Edinburgh **NO2ID** Street Stall +*
Every week, weather permitting, you will find our campaigning stall at the east end of Princes Street, opposite the Balmoral Hotel. Do drop by for a chat. New volunteers - please contact John (, and for more group information see

*+ Thursday 29th April - The Alternative Hustings for Edinburgh +
*Thursday 29th April, 7.00-9.30pm at the Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EL. Jubilee Scotland, CND, NO2ID and other local campaigning groups. This is an Edinburgh-wide hustings and is open to all.

_*+ Exeter +*_
If you would like to join the Exeter group, please email and say hello! Do also join the Exeter group mailing list at

_*+ Hull & East Riding +*_
If you are interested in the work of this group, or planning on attending the meeting, please join the Hull mailing group here:

_*+ Glasgow +*_
*+ 4th May - Glasgow NO2ID Monthly Meeting (1st Tuesday of month) +*
Tuesday 4th May, 8pm in Mono, 10 King Street. Glasgow, G1 5QP (directions can be found at Our monthly meetings are
relaxed and informal. If you would like to help plan our campaign, learn more about the issues, or simply chat with like-minded people, please come along.

_*+ Hull and East Riding +*_
*+ 24th April - Hull and East Riding NO2ID Meeting and Street Stall +*
Saturday 24 April, meeting 12 noon, The Mission pub, Hull City Centre. Street Stall 1.30 pm - 2.30 pm outside McDonald's/Starbucks, Hull City Centre. Any queries contact

_**__*+ Ipswich +*_*
If you are interested in the work of the Ipswich group, please join their mailing list on:

_*+ Lancaster +*_
*+ 24th April - Lancaster NO2ID Meeting and Street Stall +*
Saturday 20th April, 1pm in The Robert Gillow, Market Street, Lancaster

Our pre-election street stall will be aiming to raise the profile of the campaign in people's minds and promoting the forthcoming Erasing David screening that is taking place locally at The Dukes Cinema on 29th April. We have lots of 'Don't be a Guinea Pig' leaflets that we intend to give out to warn people about the scheme.

If you are interested in the work of this group, or planning on attending the meeting, please join the Lancaster mailing group at

_*+ Leeds +*_
If you are interested in the work of this group, please join the Leeds mailing group at

_*+ Liverpool +*_
If you are interested in the work of this group please join the Liverpool mailing group at or email Jeff the new local coordinator at

_*+ Manchester +*_
*+ 8th May - Manchester NO2ID Monthly Meeting +*
Saturday 8th May, 12:30pm-2pm in the Moon Under Water pub on Deansgate. In a change to previous arrangements, Manchester NO2ID will be holding its monthly meeting ahead of the afternoon street stall, in the Moon Under Water pub on Deansgate. We will probably be towards the back of the pub, and possibly upstairs. The pub is just opposite St Ann's Square where the street stall will occur at 2pm, and serves food.

*+ 8th May - Manchester*
Saturday 8th May, 2pm-4pm in St. Ann's Square in Manchester (down near the big Marks and Spencer). By the time of our next street stall, we will have had a General Election. No matter who forms the next Government, our fight will continue against the Database State, against the compulsory ID database, for schools safe from intrusive
fingerprinting and for an NHS where treatment is not dependent on intrusive databases. Manchester NO2ID will be running a public information stall in St. Ann's Square in Manchester City Centre; feel free to join us to lend a hand or just chat. You don't need any experience or equipment, just a bit of time to spare and a friendly smile!

_*+ Newcastle +*_
If you are interested in the work of this group, please join the Newcastle mailing group at

**_*+ Norwich +*_
+ 29th April - Erasing David Film Showing +*
Thursday 29th April, 8.30pm come to Cinema City to see this revealing new documentary, with satellite link-up Q&A afterwards and general discussion.

*+ 19th May - Norwich NO2ID Meeting +*
Tuesday 18th May, 7.30-9pm at The Workshop, 53 Earlham Road, NR2 3AD. There may be a few things to talk about, what with the general election and that. They do nice hot chocolates too, so what better reason do you need to come along?

If you are interested in the work of the Norwich group, please join their mailing list on:

_*+ Oxford +*_
*+ 13th May - NO2ID Oxford Meeting +*
Thursday 13th May, from 8pm at the Mitre pub on the High Street for a drink and a chat about the election results and future events. Everyone is welcome.

See the website for more info on Oxford NO2ID:

_*+ Portsmouth +*_
Join the Portsmouth mailing list at

_*+ Reading +*_*
Contact Reading NO2ID on or join our web group at
_*+ Sheffield +*_
*+ 28th April - Sheffield NO2ID Meeting +*
Wednesday 28th April, 7.30pm at the Harlequin pub, 108 Nursery St, Sheffield, S3 8GG ( Everybody is welcome. If you would like to get involved in the campaign or want to find out more about the issues then please come along. The meeting room is upstairs. We usually congregate in the bar shortly before the
meeting. Please ask the bar staff if you can't find us.

Please join the mailing list If you haven't already:
_*+ Southampton +*_
*On the election trail*
Southampton NO2ID held a stall in Romsey on Saturday. Romsey is a Liberal seat with a majority of under 130 over the Conservative, so it is their 4th target seat. Probably our most successful stall to date; we collected over 50 new supporters, handed out hundreds of leaflets and signed up both Romsey's Liberal MEP and the Liberal prospective
parliamentary candidate . We also talked with the Mayor and Deputy Mayor along with dozens of interested local people. There was the usual scattering of con's, but almost everyone was supportive and open to what we had to say. We managed to get a picture of the Sandra Gidley and the MEP signing the form, which has been forwarded to the Echo. We will see if they pick it up.

*+ 29th April - Southampton NO2ID Stall, Erasing David premier +*
Thursday 29th April, 8.30pm Harbour Lights Picturehouse, Ocean Village, Southampton - Southampton NO2ID will be holding another stall at the Erasing David premier, so if you would like to be involved please make yourself known.

_*+ St Helens & Wigan +*_
Anyone interested in our work should join the St.Helens mailing group at

_*+ Watford +*_*
Please contact Colin Simmons on if you are interested in giving a couple of hours a month to join us.

_*+ York +*_
**+ Saturdays 10:30am-12:30pm - **York NO2ID Street Stall ** +*
Weekly stalls continue from 10.30-12.30 on Parliament street, weather permitting. Leafleting continues throughout the city. Please email or call 07870 529 299 if you would like to help.

*+ 29th April - Screening of 'Erasing David' +*
Thursday 29th April, 8.30pm at the York City Screen, followed by satellite Q&A with David Davies, Shami Chakrabarti and Will Self. NO2ID stall in the foyer before and after the film. All help with any of these activities welcome! Email or call 07870 529 299 for more information.

You can join our Facebook group here:!/group.php?gid=54041617189&ref=ts

Anyone interested in the work of this group should join the York mailing group at


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