David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, welcomed the Home Secretary’s announcement yesterday (18 April) that the UK Border Agency arrested and detained Abu Qatada and served notice that the Government is resuming his deportation.
For more than 10 years, successive Governments have sought to deport Abu Qatada to Jordan because of the serious risk that he poses to our national security.
Responding to Rt Hon Theresa May MP’s statement in the House of Commons, Mr Evennett asked: “I congratulate my right hon. Friend on her statement and on the leadership she has shown on this issue, which is to be commended. Is she aware that my constituents believe that this case has gone on for far too long, that it needs a speedy resolution and that until we can get rid of this Abu Qatada, he should stay behind bars? My constituents are also looking for radical reform so that this cannot happen again.
She replied: “I ask my hon. Friend to reassure his constituents that, like them, I think that this has taken too long. Like them, I wish Abu Qatada to be deported and deported sustainably so that he does not return to the United Kingdom. Like them, I think we need reform of the European Court. That is the view of the Government and that is why we have been pursuing this in our work as chairman of the Council of Europe. The Brighton conference will consider those proposals this week.”
Full details of the Home Secretary’s statement can be found here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201212/cmhansrd/cm120417/debtext/120417-0001.htm#12041733001092