Row over Qatada case appeal

Home Secretary Theresa May has urged European judges to throw out an appeal by radical cleric Abu Qatada against his deportation.

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Government urged to 'repeal the Human Rights Act'

The Home Secretary Theresa May heard arguments from within her party to stick "two fingers to the ECHR", "withdraw from the European Convention" and "repeal the Human Rights Act."

The comments come as May was questioned over the right for Abu Qatada to make a last minute appeal against being deported to Jordan on the grounds that he would be subjected to torture. MP for Broxbourne said:

You must not delay in getting this scumbag and his murderous mates on a plane out of this country. And in so doing would you send a metaphorical two fingers to the ECHR?

– Chris Walker MP

May was then commended on her efforts to deport Qatada by chairman of the European Scrutiny Committee, Bill Cash.

The root cause of this is the question of what is the rule of law, whose rule of law and who interprets it? It should be decided in this House. We should withdraw from the European Convention, we should repeal the Human Rights Act and we should get the matter straight because the people of this country demand it."

– Bill Cash MP

Home Secretary insists she got her dates right

The Home Secretary Theresa May and Labour shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper engaged in a heated exchange in the House of Commons this morning over the latest delays to the deportation of terrorist suspect Abu Qatada.

The Speaker of the House of Commons was forced to intervene several times to restore order as members of both parties got rather rowdy during the heated exchange.

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Labour: 'Confusion and chaos has turned into farce'

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper labelled the "confusion" over the deportation of Abu Qatada as "farce" Credit: ITV News

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has said the "confusion" over the appeal time limit for Abu Qatada has turned into a "farce" and criticised the Home Secretary for "partying with X Factor judges" as Qatada's lawyers launched their appeal.

The speaker of the house had to appeal for calm in the House of Commons several times.
The speaker of the house had to appeal for calm several times. Credit: ITV News

The Home Secretary insisted the appeal was launched after the deadline expired at midnight on Monday, but that the court had no automatic way of rejecting it on those grounds.She told MPs:

"Despite the progress we have made the process of deporting Qatada is likely to take many months."

Home Secretary Theresa May
The Home Secretary Theresa May was forced to defend accusations that she had created a "legal loophole" Credit: ITV News

Qatada using 'delay tactics'

The Home Secretary Theresa May says that Abu Qatada has been using delaying tactics to avoid deportation since 2002, and that his appeal to the European Court of Human Rights is another such tactic.

In a statement to the House of Commons Theresa May said:

The Government is clear that Abu Qatada has no right to refer the case to the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights, since the three-month deadline to do so lapsed at midnight on Monday.

– Home Secretary Theresa May
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