Tourism minister tells Brits with delayed passports to holiday at home (from Brazil)

People who have been caught up in the backlog of passport applications should have a “staycation” and holiday in the UK instead, according to the tourism minister, Helen Grant.

Grant said she expected people would receive their passports in time to go on holiday this summer, after a backlog at the passport office meant many passports were taking much longer to process than normal.

“But if they don’t want to go away, we have some fantastic places to visit and holiday not that far from here. I think there’s a lot to be said for the ‘staycation’. People need to do what they like,” she said.

Grant, who is also sports minister, is currently in Brazil watching the World Cup.

“How dare [Grant] tell us where to go on holiday? Cheeky sod,” said Eileen Shepherd, from County Durham in the Guardian. Shepherd missed out on a £1,750 cruise because her passport wasn’t ready.

She added: “I think people will be gunning for her. That comment is not helpful and not what we expect from elected personnel. She is not living in the real world with people like us. It is appalling. I’ve worked all my life and saved all my life to be able to go on one big holiday a year and I was robbed of that chance.”

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Readers' comments (2)

  • Bloody cheek, they cannot run a business, so they come up with stupid comments like this,they should all be sacked !!, I hope she enjoys her stay in Brazil, paid for by the all of us. Why did she need to go, if there is so much to do in the UK, it makes me sick, brainless morons.

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  • My wife and I agree - what a ludicrous remark! That advice will be about as useful to holiday-makers as a chocolate teapot. They're all such a shower.

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