Mr Redwood’s intervention during the Statement on Abu Qatada, 24 April

Mr John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): Given the way in which successive British Governments have been made to look impotent by the European convention and regime, when will my right hon. Friend bring proposals before this House to ensure that the will of Parliament and of the overwhelming majority of the British people can be upheld, common sense applied and justice delivered in these difficult cases?

The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mrs Theresa May): My right hon. Friend will have to wait and see what we intend and are able to bring to this House. I have already indicated that I intend to address some of these issues in a new immigration Bill if parliamentary time allows for it.

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  1. Kevin R. Lohse
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    The Home secretary is obviously well read in the deeds of the great Roman senator, Infirmopurpose.

  2. Horatio McSherry
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    In other words, when she’s been told what to do by the European regime.

  3. Lindsay McDougall
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    Whoa, Mrs May! Who is it that allocates parliamentary time? Don’t you have a say?

  4. Max Dunbar
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    The question is so reasonable and straightforward but should never have had to be asked in the first place. There need to be further questions asked concerning the power, make-up and methods of recruitement of judges who sit in these courts. The suspicion must be that some political motivation colours these judgements and that matters of purely objective judicial interpretation of the existing laws are not the whole story.

  5. Bruce of Burghfield
    Posted April 26, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    So much impotence – beware – each time this subject is mentioned UKIP gain 10 more votes. Only mention Bulgarians and Rumanians and that’s another 10 votes. Then we are told how much the EU is costing us and there goes another 10-10,000 votes. Its creeping up on you John, it is not going away. Beware UKIP.

  6. nicol sinclair
    Posted April 26, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    As one would expect, it was no answer at all and, given the honest & straightforward question, the lack of answer was an (ill-considered) insult to the Rt Hon Member for Wokingham… And the rest of us.

  7. David Langley
    Posted April 27, 2013 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    Wet Wet Wet!!

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