The backlog of immigration cases at Britain's border service has hit half a million people and at the current rate of progress will take nearly four decades to clear, a group of MPs has warned.
Home Affairs Select Committee chairman Keith Vaz said: "At the current rate it will take 37 years to clear and the Home Office cannot confirm that this is the last of the backlogs."
More top news
The Queen was in reflective mood this Christmas, choosing reconciliation as her theme and taking a quite direct personal approach.
Quickly turning cold this evening with a widespread frost developing under clear skies, some fog patches too.
The Queen says she is "deeply touched" by the "selflessness" of medical staff fighting the Ebola outbreak in her annual Christmas speech.