A teacher from Eastleigh found himself caught up in the passport application backlog while trying to fly his young family home from Moscow.
Mark Broom, formerly a teacher at Stoke Park Junior School, now teaches in Moscow and wanted to fly home to the UK with his wife Luba and son James to introduce his parents – who live in Fair Oak – to his new born son Daniel
Broom had applied for a passport for the new baby on May 2 – just a few weeks after the birth but the application had become stuck in the backlog at the passport office.
The teacher then applied for an emergency passport being made available under measures announced by the Home Secretary last month to deal with passport delays but 10 days had elapsed and no emergency document had yet arrived.
A clearly frustrated and upset Mr Broom telephoned Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton and media outlets including Eastleigh News from the British consulate in Moscow in an attempt to highlight his plight.
With flights booked for Wednesday July 9 – time was running out.
“How can an emergency passport take 10 days?” asked Broom incredulously.
Responding to Eastleigh News a spokesperson for Her Majesty’s Passport Office said:
“It takes at least 10 weeks to issue the first UK passport for a child living in Russia.
“We will not issue a passport until all checks have been satisfactorily completed and nationality, identity and eligibility have been established.”
Despite this Eastleigh News understands an emergency travel document has been issued.