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Some passport interviews suspended amid backlog

Interviews for first-time applicants for passports have been suspended in London as staff struggle to deal with the 30,000 backlog of applications, the Home Office has said.

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Passport Office a 'shambles', travel expert claims

Simon Calder described "paper and photos... falling all over the place". Credit: Good Morning Britain/ITV

A leading travel writer has claimed the passport office is a "shambles" amid reports of delays to applications that could scupper some Brits' holiday plans.

Simon Calder told ITV's Good Morning Britain: "I've been behind the scenes at the Passport Office and I couldn't believe that, in the 21st Century, there are so many bits of paper and photos and things falling out all over the place.

"It's a bit of a shambles really," he added.

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