Home Secretary Theresa May told the Conservative Party conference that when Abu Qatada finally got on the plane to be deported, she was told that he asked: "Is Crazy May flying with me?"
Ms May told delegates: "I admit I was crazy - crazy with the European Court of Human Rights, and I know I wasn't the only one.
"We were told time and time again that thanks to human rights law, we couldn't deport him."
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