Below is a question I asked to the Home Secretary yesterday about the farcical situation concerning the deportaion of Abu Qatada:
Gavin Barwell (Croydon Central) (Con):
It is a farce that it has taken so long - it will clearly take a while longer yet - to remove this individual, who we all agree is a danger. That farce damages faith in politics, plays into the hands of extremists and, tragically, undermines my constituents' support for human rights legislation. In that context, may I warmly welcome what the Home Secretary says about changing the law so that we no longer find ourselves in the ridiculous position whereby the rights of one terror suspect seem to trump our constituents' rights to live freely and safely?
Theresa May, Home Secretary:
My hon. Friend is right. We should be able to balance the rights of the individual against the wider rights of society. I understand his point about his constituents' attitude to human rights. Those who propounded the changes that took place need to understand the risk that the concept of human rights becomes discredited if people see it as being used consistently to stop us from deporting those who are a danger to this country.