Bexley MP praised for Abu Qatada deportation
PUBLISHED: 06:00 02 October 2013
A Bexley MP has been praised by the Home Secretary for his help in deporting radical cleric Aby Qatada.
Old Bexley and Sidcup MP James Brokenshire received the accolade from Theresa May at the Conservative party conference in Manchester.
As part of his role as Security Minister, Mr Brokenshire led negotiations to agree a legal treaty between the UK and Jordan to facilitate his deportation.
Mrs May said: “Despite the seriousness of the case against him, despite assurances from Jordan, and despite our own courts saying he should be deported, the European Court moved the goalposts and blocked his deportation on entirely unprecedented grounds.
“So we went back to the drawing board, and - after months of negotiations - we agreed the treaty that finally secured Qatada’s deportation. I would like everyone here to show their appreciation to James Brokenshire - the Security Minister - for his role in getting that treaty.”