As many Barnet Eye readers will know, the passport office is in a state of meltdown at the moment. As we approach holiday season, many people are faced with the nightmare prospect of losing holidays which have been paid for, due to the fact that they have not been sent passports in due time.
One such person was my 17 year olf niece. In desparation her parents contacted our local MP Matthew Offord. Mr Offord stepped in and I am very pleased to report the problem has been resolved. As the Barnet Eye is only too happy to congratulate our local politicians when they do a good job, we'd like to send our heartfelt thanks to Mr Offord. Matthew has gained one new fan as a result of his efforts (my niece) who is extremely grateful for having her holiday saved. I am always pleased to hear when MP's do their casework and help the locals.
Now just to clarify a couple of things. Firstly my niece doesn't share my name and her parents didn't mention the connection to this blog, so it wasn't a case of him doing us a favour. This is the first he will know of the connection, so it wasn't a case of "I'll get a nice write up in the Barnet Eye if I do this".secondly, I do think that it would be good if Mr Offord now got on the case of the wider problem and got the government to sort out the problem for everyone, because I'm sure he'll realise that it is unacceptable.
I would suggest that anyone else living in Hendon constituency contact Matthew if they are having similar problems. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org please let us know how you get on.