England's Prime Minister Tony Blair and members of the Labour party were in Blackpool this weekend for their Centenery Spring Conference at The Winter Gardens Theatre. I was in Blackpool myself yesterday and security was very tight amidst continued terrorist threats. Part of the town was completely closed off to traffic and there were police everywhere.
Mr Blair opened the conference by urging MP's to back him on new anti-terrorist laws and plans for ID cards. It remains to be seen whether or not he will get the much-needed support he is looking for. Crucial votes are to be held on both issues next week. In the past many MP's have condemned the need for ID cards arguing that they are too expensive and threaten our civil liberty. Mr Blair argues that they are essential if we are to prevent a repeat of the July 7th terror attacks. Whether he can convince his party of that is another matter.