Official figures have revealed that the European Court of Human Rights have blocked over 900 attempts by Britain to deport foreign criminals and terror suspects in recent years.

The new figures show that the European Court of Human Rights has used “Rule 39”  against Britain, more than it has against any other country.

Under “Rule 39” judges are given the power to issue interim measures that are binding on nation states if they believe the applicant “faces a real risk of serious, irreversible harm if the measure is not applied”; and as such this prevents the planned deportation going ahead until the case can be heard in.

Following the release of the latest figures, there have been renewed calls for the government to pull out of the court to ensure British court rulings are upheld; with Gareth Johnson, the MP who obtained the figures saying: “These figures confirm to me that we need to urgently review our membership of the European Court of Human Right.

“This court should not operate as a convenient mechanism to prevent us removing undesirable people from the UK.”

Despite the figures showing that a third of “Rule 39” applications were made against Britain, the European Court of Human Rights have insisted the rule is “not an appeal tribunal from domestic tribunals”, and that people fighting extradition and expulsion should pursue all available means locally before turning to Strasbourg.