Sayeeda Warsi, Baroness Warsi

Sayeeda Hussain Warsi, Baroness Warsi PC is a British lawyer, politician and member of the House of Lords. Warsi grew up in a family of Pakistani Muslim immigrants living in West Yorkshire. She became a solicitor with the Crown Prosecution Service. In 2004, she left the CPS to stand, unsuccessfully, for election to Parliament. After being raised to the peerage in 2007, Warsi served as Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion and Social Action.

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Summary Sayeeda Warsi, Baroness WarsiSayeeda Hussain Warsi, Baroness Warsi PC is a British lawyer, politician and member of the House of Lords. Warsi grew up in a family of Pakistani Muslim immigrants living in West Yorkshire. She became a solicitor with the Crown Prosecution Service. In 2004, she left the CPS to stand, unsuccessfully, for election to Parliament. After being raised to the peerage in 2007, Warsi served as Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion and Social Action. In May 2010, David Cameron appointed Warsi as Minister without Portfolio in Cabinet, when she succeeded Eric Pickles as Chair of the Conservative Party. This appointment made Warsi the first Muslim woman to serve in the Cabinet. In August 2014, she resigned citing her disagreement with the Government’s policy on the Israel–Gaza conflict. She said the Party needed more votes from urban areas and more women and people in the North of England to be at the next election. She also said the Prime Minister knew her strengths and weaknesses. In December 2007, she travelled to Khartoum, with the Labour peer Lord Ahmed, to mediate in the Sudanese teddy bear blasphemy case. Although the peers’ meeting with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir did not lead directly to Gillian Gibbons being pardoned, it is acknowledged that it was a helpful contribution to her release. Gibbons’ son thanked Warsi and Ahmed for \”their hard work behind the scenes\” and the PM, Gordon Brown, praised both peers, saying \”I applaud the particular efforts of Lord Ahmed and BaronessWarsi in securing her freedom.

\” The Guardian newspaper referred to the incident as \”Tory Peer’s Triumph\”. In April 2012, she was appointed as co-Chairwoman of the Tory Party. She served as the Minister without portfolio between 2010 and 2012. She was then the Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and as the minister for Faith and Communities until her resignation in August 2014. She is the first female Muslim to attend Cabinet and the first to wear a traditional South Asian shalwar kameez at a Downing Street meeting. Her father, Safdar Hussain, is owner of a bed manufacturing company, with a turnover of £2 million a year, who started life as a mill worker and a bus driver. Warsi has said that her father’s success led her to adopting Conservative principles. She has said: ‘I’m not a woman, I’m not white. I’m from an urban area, from the working class, and I’m kind of fit for the bill that we’re aiming for. All the groups that I’m aiming for are working class groups that we’ve got that are familiar with the bill, that I believe you’ve got to get to the end of the bill’ She was the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Dewsbury at the 2005 general election, having been added to the Conservative party A-List for priority candidates, and thereby becoming the firstMuslim woman to be selected by the Conservatives.