Qatada talks 'positive', says May

Talks aimed at ensuring the UK can deport radical cleric Abu Qatada to face terror charges in Jordan were "positive", the Home Secretary said last night.

Theresa May, who is in Jordan for talks with senior government officials until tomorrow, said the Government had more work to do to ensure Qatada can be sent home "once and for all".

Qatada, who is considered a threat to national security, has been released from jail under a 22-hour curfew while the Government seeks assurances from Jordan that evidence gained through torture would not be used against him.