MP’s anger at girl’s pass­port

The Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

WESTERN Isles MP An­gus MacNeil has at­tacked the Home Of­fice’s “cal­lous” re­fusal to grant an is­land school­girl a pass­port as she is un­able to pro­vide her mother’s birth cer­tifi­cate.

In 2005, the girl’s mother left her in the care of her fa­ther and pa­ter­nal grand­par­ents. Ten years later, the girl’s fa­ther died and she is now cared for by her pa­ter­nal grand­par­ents who have parental rights.

But the 14-year-old’s pass­port ap­pli­ca­tion was re­fused be­cause her mother’s birth cer­tifi­cate was not sup­plied.

Mr MacNeil said: “This is prob­a­bly the most cal­lous case I have worked on in my time as MP. A 14-year-old girl who sim­ply wants a pass­port but the cruel ac­tions of the Home Of­fice pre­vent her .”

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