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HM Passport Office was left with a backlog of nearly 550,000 applications last year that forced some travellers to cancel their holidays

Passport Office guilty of overcharging as huge backlogs led to cancelled holidays, MPs say

The Passport Office makes nearly £15 on every standard £72.50 adult passport

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In the week when the UK’s continued existence is in question, some right-wing politicians in Madrid have ceremonially named a square Plaza de Margaret Thatcher, in honour of the Prime Minister who gave Scotland the poll tax.

William Tait Snr, a supporter of Business for Scotland, made his donation in the two weeks to 5 September

Scottish independence: Herring boss funds last-minute £100k Yes campaign drive

A wealthy fisheries businessman provided a last-minute £100,000 boost to the coffers of the pro-independence campaign.

The aftermath of an airstrike on the Al Chaar neighbourhood in Aleppo in July. Syria has warned that action without the cooperation of its government would be a “big mistake” and a “big crime”

Islamic State: Air strikes on Isis in Syria could be illegal

David Cameron has been warned that UK air strikes against Isis in Syria could be illegal under international law.

Street campaigners in Aberdeen rallying for the Scottish Referendum Vote

Scottish independence: Even in Better Together heartland Aberdeen, the Yes campaign fights on

If the No vote had a heartland, Aberdeen and its surrounding shire would surely rank as friendliest territory for Better Together.

Hospitals would have to display their inspection ratings at the entrance or other “conspicuous place”

Hospitals will display inspection ratings under new Health Department proposals

NHS hospitals will have to display their inspection rating at the entrance or in waiting rooms under new proposals unveiled by Jeremy Hunt.

Baroness Boothroyd served as an MP from 1973 to 2000

Scottish independence: Ban opinion polls in the run-up to elections says Baroness Boothroyd

Baroness Boothroyd, the former Commons Speaker, has called for a ban on the publication of opinion polls in the run-up to elections and referendums following the conflicting surveys before Scotland votes on Thursday.

Nicola Sturgeon urged Yes supporters to channel their energies into “not protesting against something but campaigning for something”

Scottish independence: Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon split on Yes supporters' 'BBC bias' protest

SNP leadership divided on Sunday's demonstration

On Sunday thousands of Yes campaigners descended on the BBC’s Scottish headquarters in Glasgow’s Pacific Quay in protest

Scottish independence: Police will be on high alert on Friday whatever the result

Anti-BBC protest leaders threaten to take to the streets in the event of a No vote

Scottish independence: The Queen breaks silence on referendum debate – as think tank warns of £14bn black hole if Scotland votes Yes

The race is so close it has prompted non-Scots to show their support for the Union

Isis should be called the 'Un-Islamic State': British Muslims call on David Cameron to stop spread of extremist propaganda

‘It is not Islamic, nor is it a state,’ write Muslim groups in open letter

Darling campaigning for the union earlier this week

Scotland independence vote: ‘We will win' says Darling. 'I know that because I’ve seen the returns’

Head of Better Together campaign insists largest cities have not deserted the union

Eyes have it: A Yes vote will make Moira Salmond (left, with her husband) Scotland’s First Lady

Scottish independence vote: Moira Salmond, Queen of Scots, prepares for the spotlight

After more than 30 happy years in the background, she may now have to take on a very public persona

All aboard: The Yes campaign’s bandwagon has shot forward in the past three weeks

Scottish independence vote: The fun has gone out of my referendum sweepstake

Why I plead guilty to being no good at election predictions, and to living in the Westminster bubble

Hunted: A stag lies dead on Jura, where David Cameron holidays and has himself stalked deer

Scottish independence vote: Cameron’s Scottish roots won’t help the ‘No’ brigade

Who does the PM think he’s talking to? An unwitting imperialist tone from Westminster plays right into the hands of the nationalists

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England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

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Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

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