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PM pushes Jordan on Qatada

David Cameron called King Abdullah of Jordan this afternoon in an attempt to accelerate efforts to deport the radical cleric Abu Qatada.

A Downing Street spokesman said: "The Prime Minister spoke to King Abdullah of Jordan by telephone this afternoon. They discussed the ECHR ruling on Abu Qatada and the PM explained the frustrating and difficult postion that the ruling had created for the UK. The PM complimented the King on the close and effective collaboration between Britain and Jordan on this case over a number of years, and noted that the Court had endorsed the UK-Jordanian MoU on deportation with assurances. They both welcomed close and detailed co-operation since the ruling between the Jordanian Government, and the UK Home Office and the Foreign Office.

"They agreed on the importance of finding an effective solution to this case, in the interests of both Britain and Jordan."

The move comes after the Home Office yesterday confirmed that minister James Brokenshire would travel to Jordan next week to press the issue with the Jordanian government.


Ministers silencing children's charities

Ministers have been accused of trying to silence children's charities over plans to downgrade the police unit that tracks online paedophiles. The Times reports that Theresa May telephoned campaigners alarmed at the merger of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) into a new British BFI.


Pub landlords will be made to pay for the disruption caused by excessive drinking, under plans made by Home Office minister James Brokenshire. Pubs and bars seen as responsible for the disruption will be penalised financially and the money will go into pot to be used by councils for improvements such as extra policing.


No new CCTV despite PM pledge

David Cameron has "gone back on a vow to fund more CCTV" despite his initial instruction to the Home Office, the Daily Mirror reports. After the Prime Minister said that he would support more CCTV after a question from Labour MP Gloria de Piero, Home Office Minister James Brokenshire has said that this aim is now compromised by a "priority" to cut the deficit.


The government will scrap laws that allows 24-hour drinking and reinstate local authority power to set licensing times in some areas, the Daily Mail reports.


Legal high Naphyrone, also known as NRG1, will be made a Class B drug, the home office has announced. Minister for crime prevention James Brokenshire said the government was "deeply concerned" about the drug.


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