Speaking in a debate on passport delays, the Home Secretary, Theresa May MP, told the House of Commons:
Her Majesty's Passport Office is dealing with the highest demand for passports for 12 years, while the surge in demand usually experienced during the summer months started much earlier in the year. As a result, a number of people are waiting too long for their passport applications to be processed.
Ms May was speaking in a Commons opposition day debate called by Labour, in which many MPs highlighted the plight of constituents experiencing passport delays.
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We're all narcissists now (aren't we) so it must be OK for me to see the prism of UK politics through my two stints as a political editor.