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Get­ting through UK pass­port con­trol af­ter a hol­i­day is painful enough. When you don’t take your part­ner’s name (41% of us, thank you very much) and your kids have a dif­fer­ent sur­name from you, it’s hell on wheels. Bad-tem­pered im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cers have to estab­lish that you haven’t, in fact, kid­napped your own kids. And 600,000 women have been stopped due to this in the last five years. The so­lu­tion? As MP Tulip Sid­diq said last week – af­ter be­ing de­tained for 45 min­utes with her fam­ily – the prob­lem could be fixed at a stroke by putting both par­ents’ names on pass­ports. When you con­sider the Gov­ern­ment is pre­pared to spend £500m mak­ing our pass­ports blue, is that re­ally such a big ask?

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