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MP Andrew Bingham launches CitizenCard in High Peak

03 April 2012

Andrew Bingham MP applauds High Peaks' adoption of 'No ID, No Sale' policy to stop children buying age-restricted products such as alcohol and tobacco.

Mr Andrew Bingham MP, on Friday 30 March 2012 called on local retailers to support the 'No ID, No Sale!' campaign which seeks to ensure that only adults can buy lottery, tobacco and other age-restricted goods. Andrew was speaking at High Street News (Buxton SK17), where he was joined by proprietor Mrs Pauline Davies and CitizenCard's Marketing Manager Nigel Catlow.

MP Andrew Bingham and Pauline Davies with 'No ID, No Sale!' message

The High Peak MP said that following the new government's decision to abolish National ID cards, schemes such as CitizenCard were essential:

I already have 555 CitizenCard cardholders in my constituency but I am urging all young adults in High Peak to obtain a CitizenCard or similar ID that contains the police-endorsed PASS hologram. Only then can retailers fully implement the 'No ID, No Sale!' policy which allows adults to buy whatever they wish whilst ensuring that children cannot buy alcohol, tobacco and other restricted goods.

Mrs Pauline Davies who owns the shop is mindful that they face a fine of up to £10,000 if caught persistently selling restricted products to under-18s:

We have no wish to supply cigarettes or age-restricted products to children and we offer our younger customers a CitizenCard form which means they can prove their age. Every week we face dozens of attempts to buy tobacco by young people and if they cannot present valid ID we always refuse the sale.

More than two million CitizenCards have been issued across the UK since the scheme was launched by then Home Office Minister George Howarth in February 1999. The Coalition government has continued the previous government's policy of supporting the police's endorsement of CitizenCards and other cards bearing the PASS hologram.