Conservative leader David Cameron has pledged to scrap Labour's unpopular identity card scheme in an attempt to woo the Liberal Democrats into supporting what would be a Tory minority government.
As the results poured in overnight it became clear that the Tories would fall just short of the majority of seats needed to form a government. In the end they managed 305 seats to Labour's 258 with the Lib Dems holding the balance of power with 57.
At a press conference yesterday David Cameron outlined what he described as a "big, open and comprehensive offer" to the Lib Dems and their leader Nick Clegg to join a formal coalition or a more informal "confidence and supply" arrangement.
Cameron refused to budge on immigration, the European Union and defence, but outlined several areas where he believed the Tories and Lib Dems shared common beliefs. Key among these is the scrapping of the unpopular national ID card scheme.
"We share a common commitment to civil liberties, and to getting rid - immediately - of Labour's ID card scheme," he said.
ID cards were a flagship Labour policy designed to fight the growing threat of identity theft, fraud, illegal immigration and terrorism, but the scheme has been attacked by civil liberty groups and business as the implementation costs soared.
Labour even went so far as to guarantee that the scheme would not be compulsory if the party were re-elected.
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