MP Julie Hilling meets babies she helped bring home from India after passport office backlog

Bolton West MP Julie Hilling with Jai and Leela Salvi

Bolton West MP Julie Hilling with Jai and Leela Salvi

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

IT was a poignant moment when MP Julie Hilling finally met newborn twins Jai and Leela Salvi.

The Bolton West MP had been instrumental in helping their mum and dad bring them home — after they were stranded in India because of delays at the UK Passport Office.

Kiran and Bina Salvi, from Westhoughton, had travelled to India to meet their newborn surrogate children for the first time — but they were stranded in the country for five months because of delays getting passports for the twins.

They then contacted Ms Hilling, who worked with her team to put pressure on the authorities and eventually helped the family to get back to Bolton.

Ms Hilling posted a picture of herself holding the babies on Twitter and said: “Delighted to meet Jai and Leela Salvi, safely home from India with their passports at last.”

The passport situation arose during large-scale processing problems at the UK Passport Office this summer.

The couple, who arrived home with babies Jai and Leela at the end of July, had been forced to live in a hotel room in the Indian region of Anand for months and missed their flights home while waiting for the children’s passports to arrive.

Mr and Mrs Salvi had been trying to have children for the past 12 years and chose to use a surrogacy clinic in India after exhausting all other options.

The Salvis believe they had to pay about £3,000 in extra costs for new flights, accommodation and phone calls during their extended stay in India.

After growing more frustrated by a lack of progress, Mr Salvi decided to involve his MP, who brought the issue up in the House of Commons.

Mr Salvi said: “We were over the moon when Julie got involved — Bina was in tears because it felt great that someone was finally taking us seriously.

"We felt like we had been treated like criminals, because they weren’t communicating with us. It was like they were assuming we were doing something fraudulent, it was farcical.”

Ms Hilling said: “It’s wonderful news that the Salvis are back home where they belong.

“It’s so sad that they were caught up in the dreadful chaos created at the Passport Service and I will be continuing to press the government to sort out the problems.”

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1:17pm Wed 27 Aug 14

heaton watcher says...

What a lovely story. And who says MPs don't do anything that affects the lives of ordinary people?!
What a lovely story. And who says MPs don't do anything that affects the lives of ordinary people?! heaton watcher
  • Score: 10

9:25pm Wed 27 Aug 14

dr logic says...

Well done Julie Hilling and your team.
Well done Julie Hilling and your team. dr logic
  • Score: 11

9:19am Thu 28 Aug 14

Wolfie190 says...

Were there no children in Bolton they could adopt ?
Were there no children in Bolton they could adopt ? Wolfie190
  • Score: -5

10:23pm Thu 28 Aug 14

mrs philainsy says...

dr logic wrote:
Well done Julie Hilling and your team.
Could you actually be any more Creepy?
[quote][p][bold]dr logic[/bold] wrote: Well done Julie Hilling and your team.[/p][/quote]Could you actually be any more Creepy? mrs philainsy
  • Score: -4

9:19pm Sat 30 Aug 14

dr logic says...

Wolfie190 wrote:
Were there no children in Bolton they could adopt ?
From reading the reports it seems that this was their last option.
[quote][p][bold]Wolfie190[/bold] wrote: Were there no children in Bolton they could adopt ?[/p][/quote]From reading the reports it seems that this was their last option. dr logic
  • Score: 7

9:24pm Sat 30 Aug 14

dr logic says...

mrs philainsy wrote:
dr logic wrote:
Well done Julie Hilling and your team.
Could you actually be any more Creepy?
Could you get a life!
[quote][p][bold]mrs philainsy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dr logic[/bold] wrote: Well done Julie Hilling and your team.[/p][/quote]Could you actually be any more Creepy?[/p][/quote]Could you get a life! dr logic
  • Score: 3

11:15am Sun 31 Aug 14

mrs philainsy says...

No seriously Dr Logic, your Kiss-Up comments go way and above the call of Crawling /Creeping.


Have you no Job to go to?
Hobbies?
Friends to visit?

Nope?
OK.
No seriously Dr Logic, your Kiss-Up comments go way and above the call of Crawling /Creeping. Have you no Job to go to? Hobbies? Friends to visit? Nope? OK. mrs philainsy
  • Score: 1

12:57pm Mon 1 Sep 14

mrs philainsy says...

Have you no Job to go to?
Hobbies?
Friends to visit?






dr logic says..

No.







Seriously, I thought not.

What about volunteering at a Charity Shop?
The YMCA maybe?
Surely SOMEONE would befriend you there?
Have you no Job to go to? Hobbies? Friends to visit? dr logic says.. No. Seriously, I thought not. What about volunteering at a Charity Shop? The YMCA maybe? Surely SOMEONE would befriend you there? mrs philainsy
  • Score: 1

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