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Blair wins ID card battle as further votes loom

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Blair wins ID card battle as further votes loom

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British Prime Minister Tony Blair can breathe a sigh of relief – but only temporarily. His Government has won a crucial vote on the controversial national identity card scheme. The bill – including amendments – was passed by 310 votes to 279. It will now go back to the Upper House for final approval before Royal Assent is given and it becomes law. Blair himself was not able to attend the session. The plane due to bring him back from a visit to South Africa was grounded due to mechanical problems. But his parliamentary ordeal is not yet over.

This week will also see highly-charged votes on smoking in public places and anti-terrorism legislation.