Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, has made the following comments in response to the European Court of Human Rights decision to reject Abu Qatada's bid to appeal his deportation.
– Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee
"The deportation of Abu Qatada is long overdue. I welcome the European Court's decision today.
"However, I am very concerned by the inability of the Home Office legal team to provide the Home Secretary with the correct legal advice.
"When the Home Secretary herself came before the House and the Home Affairs Select Committee last month she was adamant that Abu Qatada had missed the appeal deadline.
"We now know that this was incorrect. She must act swiftly to deport Abu Qatada and to review what went wrong within her legal team. We must not allow this embarrassing situation to occur again."
In a statement, Abu Qatada's lawyers Birnberg Peirce said:
"When the Secretary of State elected to rush to the Special Immigration Appeals Commission three weeks ago, claiming that all of the ills prohibiting deportation had been cured in Jordan and that Mr Othman [Abu Qatada] could be immediately deported, with the intention it seems of achieving a contrived political spectacle, she did so on a basis that was wrong factually as well as legally.
– Abu Qatada's lawyers Birnberg Peirce
"We trust that the courts here will see the claims made by the Secretary of State in their true light, an attempt to circumvent the binding decision of the European Court on facts that have not changed, despite desperate attempts to insist otherwise."
Barrister and former government legal adviser, Carl Gardner, has said of the European Court of Human Rights' decision to reject Abu Qatada's appeal :
– Carl Gardner, barrister and former government adviser
This was the big obstacle to deportation, and I think now you would have to say it is likely in the end that although he won't be on a plane within days, Qatada will ultimately be returned to Jordan."
The shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has welcomed the European Court of Human Rights' decision to rejected Abu Qatada's appeal, saying "we all want him deported to Jordan to stand trial there as soon as possible."
But she added that it was "very worrying" that the Courts confirmed the Home Secretary got the appeal deadline from the court's original decision wrong.
Mrs Cooper said: "That's a major mistake that could have created a loophole and caused all kinds of problems.
"I think the Home Secretary should apologise for that and make sure lessons are learnt in the handling of such a serious case."
Prime Minister David Cameron's official spokesman has said of today's Abu Qatada ruling:
"We are obviously very pleased with the decision. It means that the case will now be heard in a British court and it is clearly our intention still to deport this man.
"We believe the assurances we have from the Jordanian government are sufficient."
Asked whether Mr Cameron was embarrassed at the court's finding that the Government got the timing of the deadline for Qatada's appeal wrong, the spokesman said:
– Prime Minister David Cameron's official spokesman
"We had consistent legal advice on that point, which did not change."
Terror suspect Abu Qatada's lawyers have applied for a bail hearing before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission, a spokesman for the Judicial Communications Office has said.
Kate Allen, director of Amnesty International UK, has said the European Court of Human Rights decision on Abu Qatada's appeal is "disappointing and a missed opportunity".
"The Grand Chamber would have been the right body to examine this appeal because it raises fundamental issues about whether 'deportation deals' with countries which routinely use torture should ever be relied on."
"Jordan has a known record of torturing detainees and conducting unfair trials. The simple truth is that Abu Qatada will be at personal risk of torture and of receiving an unfair trial in Jordan's State Security Court."
– Kate Allen, director of Amnesty International UK,
"When, as is now highly likely, the UK courts examine the question of whether further 'assurances' given by Jordan will guarantee him a fair trial, they need to take a cold, hard look at Jordan's record on torture and unfair trials.
If the UK authorities genuinely believe that Abu Qatada has committed a criminal offence, they should either put him on trial in this country or extradite him to a third country that can safely and fairly do so.
Qatada's legal team was challenging the court's decision that the 51-year-old could be sent back to Jordan with diplomatic assurances that he would not be tortured.
It is separate from the court's initial bar on deportation which required the Government to first get assurances from Jordan that evidence gained through torture would not be used against Qatada if he is sent back.
Repeated failed attempts by UK governments over the last 10 years to deport the radical cleric have cost nearly £1 million in legal fees, Government figures show.