James Brokenshire welcomes deportation of Abu Qatada
PUBLISHED: 16:59 08 July 2013 | UPDATED: 16:59 08 July 2013
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Old Bexley and Sidcup MP James Brokenshire has welcomed the deportation of Muslim cleric Abu Qatada to Jordan.
Mr Brokenshire, who is also the security minister, was in the Home Office until the early hours of Sunday morning (July 7) to monitor the final stages of his removal.
Qatada’s departure from RAF Northolt marks the end of an 11-year battle to deport him back to Jordan which has cost the taxpayer millions.
The MP said: “Determination, resolve and sheer hard work now mean that this dangerous man has been removed from this country.”
“But the process has been unacceptably long and costly.”