– Chris Bryant, Shadow Immigration Minister
It is right that Abu Qatada should remain in custody until his deportation can be secured. People want to see him deported as fast as possible, and held securely in the meantime.
The Home Secretary assured us five weeks ago that her decisions would speed up the process. She has already made basic mistakes over dates which caused delays.
Now it appears there will be further long delays but in the meantime it is right that the immigration judge has agreed that Abu Qatada should remain behind bars given, according to the Home Secretary, he is a threat to national security.
The terror suspect Abu Qatada has been denied bail by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission while he contests deportation to Jordan to face trial.