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The Home Office say the moves are essential to keep pace with criminals using new forms of communication

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Judges to consider Abu Qatada appeal next week

Judges at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg will meet next week to consider whether the Jordanian cleric Abu Qatada can appeal against deportation from Britain.

Failed attempts to deport Qatada have cost nearly £1million

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David Cameron says Abu Qatada’s deportation appeal deadline was ‘repeatedly checked’

The Home Office “repeatedly checked” the deadline for Abu Qatada’s appeal against deportation with the European Court of Human Rights, David Cameron claimed today.

Government must 'raise game' says David Cameron

David Cameron conceded today that his Government must “raise our game” as he sought to fight back after a “difficult” month of intense criticism of key policies and its handling of a series of controversial situations.

Theresa May (l) and Abu Qatada. The Home Secretary is again under fire for her handling of the deportation of the radical cleric.

Government vows to 'vigorously' resist any Qatada bail application

Qatada could be back on British streets within two or three weeks if bail is allowed

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It is not hard to discern a good deal of political opportunism behind all the noise about Abu Qatada

London Mayor Boris Johnson has joined Stephen Lawrence's family in calling for an inquiry into the case

Mayor demands Lawrence police corruption probe

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