Aldous questions Home Secretary over court ruling on Abu Qatada

Waveney MP Peter Aldous yesterday questioned the Home Secretary about the rights of British people to a free and secure life after Abu Qatada’s release from prison.

Mr Aldous was speaking in yesterday’s questions to the Home Secretary.

Abu Qatada was released on bail last week after the UK court ruled he might not get a fair trial if deported to Jordan.

Commenting on the court’s decision, Aldous said:
“Qatada is clearly a danger to the British public and it is only right that he is deported. In the interest of national security, I fully support the Government’s decision to challenge the court ruling and take it to appeal.”

Peter Aldous (Waveney) (Con): To many, it seems that the rights of dangerous hate preachers are now more important than the rights of the British people to a peaceful and secure life. What steps is the Secretary of State taking to ensure the safety of the British people and that there is no place in this country for those who would harm us?

Mrs May: As my hon. Friend points out, he is raising a concern that is felt by many members of the public. Obviously, we have recently had the judgment in relation to Abu Qatada, which I think may have triggered my hon. Friend’s thinking on this issue. We are seeking leave to appeal that judgment, but we will also continue to work with the Jordanian Government to see what can be done. We will pursue all avenues to ensure that we can deport Abu Qatada. This Government have taken a stronger line on whether we allow those who can be described as hate preachers into this country and have ensured that fewer of them cross our shores.

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