May criticised for 'partying with X Factor judges' as Qatada lawyers appealed

Theresa May (right) with Lorraine Kelly at a birthday party at London's V&A museum. Credit: Richard Young / Rex Features

In heated exchanges in the Commons today, shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper labelled the handling of Qatada's deportation a "farce".

"So on the Tuesday night deadline, while Abu Qatada was appealing to European Court judges, the Home Secretary, who thought the deadline was Monday night, was partying with X Factor judges," she said.

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.

May was at a function on Tuesday night also attended by X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos.