James Brokenshire's work in securing the successful deportation of Abu Qatada has been singled out for praise at this week's Conservative Party Conference.
During her set-piece speech at the conference in Manchester, Home Secretary Theresa May highlighted how steely resolve and pain-staking efforts had overcome the legal objections which had blocked Qatada's removal, drawing specific attention to James's important role.
James led negotiations to agree a legal treaty between the UK and Jordan governing mutual legal assistance between the two countries and the treatment of individuals subject to deportation proceedings. During the negotiations James travelled to Amman for meetings with Prime Minister Ensour as well as other senior Jordanian government ministers and officials.
The Home Secretary said:
"Despite the seriousness of the case against him, despite assurances from Jordan, and despite our own courts saying he should be deported, the European Court moved the goalposts and blocked his deportation on entirely unprecedented grounds.
"So we went back to the drawing board, and - after months of negotiations - we agreed the treaty that finally secured Qatada's deportation. I would like everyone here to show their appreciation to James Brokenshire - the Security Minister - for his role in getting that treaty."