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4.50pm: Tory MPs suggest that the government just put Qatada on a plane. David Nuttal asked: “What would the sanctions be if we prioritised national security and simply put him on a plane?” Peter Bone added: “I have listened to an hour of excuses as to why he can’t be deported. Just deport him and worry about the consequences later.” But Ms May said that if Qatada was deport she and any civil servant or police officer involved “would be breaking the law.” She added: “We need to do this within the rule of law.”
4.45pm: Attempts to deport Qatada have already cost the government £1 million.
4.44pm: Tory MP Julian Brazier says that the decisions of the ECHR and Siac yesterday “are undermining public confidence in the rule of law.”
4.43pm: Labour MP Paul Goggins asks if the Jordanian ambassador could appear at the appeal against the decision to provide personal assurances over the use of evidence.
4.42pm: Ms May says that Labour criticism of dropping control orders was “misguided” and the government will be pressing “for the strictest bail conditions.”
4.41pm: Former Labour Home Office minister Hazel Blears: “I think that the public will find hard to understand why this dangerous man cannot be deported.” She adds that it “is a ludicrous situation” and asks “what more can be done?”
4.39pm: Labour Home Affairs Select committee chairman Keith Vaz asked Ms May to use a shortcoming visit by the King of Jordan to ask him to change his country’s legal code “which seems to be the only obstacle to deportation.”
4.37pm: Tory backbenchers led by Stone MP and leading eurosceptic Bill Cash pressed for the government to replace the Homan Rights Act and pull out of the ECHR.
4.35pm: Ms Cooper asked “why on earth didn’t she (Ms May) appeal against the decision by the ECHR” which formed the basis of yesterday’s decision. Ms May said that if there had been an appeal it “would have undermined the government’s wider deportation policies.”
4.32pm: Theresa May says that the negotiations with the Jordanians to ensure a fair trial was “unprecedented.”
4.30pm: Labour shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper appeals to Ms May to look at the government’s decision “to water down anti-terrorism measures.” She points out that Qatada once free tomorrow will be able to use internet, email and mobile phones because of the coalition decision to scrap control orders.
4.27pm: Theresa May describes the judicial decision as “deeply unsatisfactory.” She accuses the European Court of Human Rights of “continues to move the goal posts” over deporting dangerous terrorist suspects. She insists that judges had “applied the wrong legal test.”
4.25pm: Theresa May points out that torture has been illlegal in Jordan since 2006 and the Jordanian constitution has been changed to prevent evidence obtained by torture to be used in court. She had also received assurances from Jordan that he would be held in a civilian prison open to inspection by international authories.
4.20pm: Theresa May has said that the government will appeal against a decision by judges to allow a suspected terrorist stay in the UK. In a statement to MPs the Home Secretary described Abu Qatada as “a dangerous man” and said the government “strongly disagrees” with the ruling.
4.15pm: TV star Anna Ryder Richardson sobbed into her husband’s chest today after he admitted serious health and safety breaches which put a mother and her young child in hospital. The celebrity interior designer wept uncontrollably and refused to leave his side after identical charges against her were withdrawn.
4.05pm: Home secretary Theresa May has been forced to face MPs this afternoon after her efforts to deport terror suspect Abu Qatada collapsed today with a judge saying he could walk free on bail tomorrow. The Scotsman’s Westminster editor will provide the latest updates from 4.10pm.
3.30pm: Tayside Police have launched an investigation into the death of a 79 year-old man, killed in a single vehicle traffic incident on the Newbigging to Carlungie road in Angus on Sunday night.
3.15pm: The inquiry into how hundreds of people in Scotland were infected by contaminated NHS-supplied blood products will not let more expert witnesses take to the stand, it was revealed today. Lord Penrose today refused an application from the Haemophilia Society to reopen the oral hearings stage to call expert witnesses on the topic of statistics.
2.45pm: Three men have gone on trial accused of killing a businessman who was allegedly attacked and taken hostage as part of a £5,000 robbery. Alexander Ormiston, 63, ran a haulage business, Ormiston Transport, based at Leith Docks, the High Court in Edinburgh was told. Brian Kennedy, 31, Paul Breslin, 41, and Ian Oliver, 26, deny a charge of culpable homicide which alleges they assaulted, abducted and robbed Mr Ormiston on 19 May last year, and inflicted injuries from which he died two weeks later in the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh.
2.40pm: Former Rangers boss Graeme Souness has ruled himself out of the running for the Scotland job and has thrown his backing behind Joe Jordan instead.
2.35pm: Edinburgh airport has experienced a decline in passenger numbers. Some 844,000 people travelled through the airport in October, a drop of 2.8% on the previous year. Domestic passengers made up 405,000 of those going through the airport, which was a decline of 0.6%, while international travellers accounted for 439,000 of the total, down 4.7%.
2.25pm: Three wards at the largest hospital in the North east of Scotland have been closed to new admissions due to an outbreak of norovirus, the winter vomiting bug. The suspension of new admissions is affecting wards 11, 12 and 20 at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
2.05pm: The “rump” UK would cease to be one Europe’s `big three’ powers if Scotland votes for independence in 2014, senior foreign policy experts have warned. London could also lose its vital influence with the US as its current position as a defence “agenda-setter” disappears and it falls behind the military clout of France.
2:02pm: The most popular story on Scotsman.com so far today is the news that BBC Scotland presenter Jackie Bird is recovering after undergoing surgery for a rare bowel condition.
2pm: The Scottish Government faces a legal battle over its cigarette display policy after Imperial Tobacco announced it was challenging the ban in the Supreme Court in London.
1.30pm: Heather Mills, the former wife of Sir Paul McCartney, has told how she is determined to qualify for the British ski-ing team at the 2014 Paralympics. Mills, who had her left leg amputated below the knee after a collision with a police motorbike in 1993, believes she is on track for inclusion after securing five second-tier race victories at various ski events in the last nine months.
1.15pm: Three crew members at one of Scotland’s busiest lifeboat stations have been honoured for their bravery in saving the lives of two sailors whose boat had been driven on to rocks in storm- lashed seas off the East Neuk of Fife.
1pm: Passenger numbers at Scottish airports rose last month, according to new figures. Aberdeen saw an increase of 11.3% in October compared with the same month last year, the airport said. Glasgow airport handled almost 700,000 passengers travelling through the terminal, up 4.6% on last October’s figure.
12.45pm: Over 1,000 warm meals are to be delivered to hard-up families in Inverness over the festive season. The Food For Families project was set up last year by Highland businessman and former Inverness Caledonian Football Club chairman David Sutherland and his wife Anne.
12.40pm: Iain Overton has confirmed on Twitter that he has resigned as editor of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in the wake of its involvement in the Newsnight programme which broadcast allegations linking a senior Tory to child abuse.
12.35pm: Four ducklings stolen from an Aberdeenshire Primary last week have been found safe and well - in a ditch a mile from the school. The pupils at Drumblade Primary School, near Huntly, were left in tears last week after the young ducks, which they had cared for since they were hatched, were stolen from their open in the school grounds.
12:30pm: George Osborne will have to fill aa £48 billion black hole in the public finances if he is to get his deficit-busting plans back on track, a report by the Social Market Foundation (SMF) and the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) warned today.
11.10am: Terror suspect Abu Qatada has won his battle against deportation to Jordan to face trial. The Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) upheld his appeal after his lawyers claimed he would not get a fair trial.
11am: A 74-year-old man has been arrested by New Zealand police for allegedly planning to attack the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall during a walkabout. Officers have described the man as a known anti-royalist and he was detained before Charles and Camilla arrived in the Auckland quayside area to meet hundreds of well-wishers.
10.45am: Defence lawyers from across Scotland are to take part in a protest at Holyrood tomorrow against a controversial shake-up of the administration of legal aid after a campaign was launched on Twitter. The Glasgow Bar Association, with more than 300 members, and the Edinburgh Bar Association, with over 100, have unanimously voted in principle for a day of strike action if the SNP Government refuses to change proposed new legislation which seeks to introduce financial contributions for criminal legal aid for the first time.
10.30am: Aberdeenshire Church of Scotland minister Stephen has been sacked from his post following a Kirk investigation into his conduct.
9.00am: The BBC has been criticised for paying George Entwhistle a £400,000 pay off following his departure from the corporation over the Jimmy Savile controversy.
8.45am: The BBC’s news director Helen Boaden and deputy Stephen Mitchell have stepped aside.
8.10am: Plans for a high speed rail link between Glasgow and Edinburgh which would cut journey times to less than half and hour were unveiled by Nicola Sturgeon today. The Scottish Government wants to implement the new line in 12 years - at least a decade ahead of the UK government’s plans.
8.00am: Sir Rex Hunt, who was governor of the Falkland Islands during the 1982 Argentine invasion, has died at the age of 86. Sir Rex will be remembered for his “courage and dignity” in facing the invasion, the Falkland Islands government said.