COLNE Valley folk gave a Home Office minister a grilling about the controversial ID cards.
MP Caroline Flint joined Colne Valley MP Kali Mountford to answer questions about the cards and how to tackle crime.
A panel of 25 people who had expressed concerns about anti-social behaviour and crime were invited to attend the meeting at the Colne Valley Leisure Centre, Slaithwaite.
The Government is pushing ahead with its plans for ID cards, even though campaigners say they are an erosion of civil liberties.
Ms Mountford said: "It is great that ministers like Caroline are able to come to the Colne Valley and ask local people exactly what they think of Labour's proposals on crime and ID cards.
"The meeting was very productive. The minister can take the views of people in the Colne Valley into account, and hopefully the people at the meeting have had a chance to pass on their ideas to a senior Government figure."
Ms Flint said she was delighted to have been able to get out of London and meet people in the Colne Valley.
She added: "I am pleased to reassure the people I met today that Labour will continue to invest in more police and bring the new neighbourhood policing teams into force across the Colne Valley constituency by 2008."