MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, Stephen Metcalfe rose on the floor of the House of Commons, to ask a question to the Home Secretary regarding Abu Qatada.
Stephen Metcalfe (South Basildon and East Thurrock, Conservative)
My constituents consistently ask: “Why don’t we just stick this man on a plane and have done with it, regardless of what the European convention on human rights says?” Will my right hon. Friend confirm, however, that as much as we all want rid of this dreadful, odious little man, we all have greater benefit from living under a Government who stick to their own laws as they are in place at present?
Theresa May (Home Secretary; Maidenhead, Conservative)
My hon. Friend is right. Many people say, “Why don’t you just put this individual on a plane?”, but that would not, I believe, be practically possible in relation to the action that the courts would take. Also, it is important—my hon. Friend says there are wider benefits—that the Government are willing to say that we abide not just by our rule of law, but by our international legal obligations.