Cameron 'fed up' with Qatada
David Cameron has said he is “completely fed up” with the ongoing battle to deport Abu Qatada from the UK, after the radical cleric was released on bail today.
Yesterday a British immigration court ruled Qatada could not be deported because he might not face a fair trial in Jordan.
Speaking on a visit to Italy, the Prime Minister said: "I am completely fed up with the fact this man is still at large in our country, he has no right to be there, we believe he's a threat to our county...
"We have moved heaven and earth to try and comply with every single dot and comma of every single convention to get him out of this country.”
Labour is no pressing the Government to visit Jordan to discuss his removal. The Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said: "They can't just sit on their hands and wait for the appeal in the courts.
"Home Office Ministers should be setting off to Jordan straight away to discuss what additional action would get this sorted out. The Jordanian Government have already been very helpful so Ministers should act fast, so when will Ministers be on a plane?"
Nick Clegg said earlier that Mr Qatada does not "belong" in Britain and that the Coalition would do everything it can to deport him.
Mr Clegg told ITV's Daybreak: "We’re determined to deport him. We strongly disagree with the court ruling, we’re going to challenge it, we’re going to take it to appeal. We’re absolutely determined to see this man get on a plane and go back to Jordan.
"He doesn’t belong here, he shouldn’t be in this country, he’s a dangerous person. He wanted to inflict harm on our country and this coalition government is going to do everything we can to challenge this every step of the way to make sure he is deported to Jordan."
Home Affairs Select Committee chairman Keith Vaz also slammed said the ruling and said ministers must work with the Jordanian authorities to overturn the decision.
"At the moment, it looks pretty farcical that a very dangerous man is now put on bail having gone through the court system for seven years and having cost the taxpayer £1m," the Labour MP told BBC News.
The Special Immigration Appeals Commission allowed Mr Qatada’s appeal against deportation after concluding there remained a risk he would not face a fair trial. The decision is a major humiliation for Ms May who travelled personally to Jordan earlier this year to obtain assurances that the radical cleric would face a fair trial.
The Home Secretary has confirmed that the Government will seek leave to appeal the decision.