|Biographical detail : ||British politician
Created life peer, in 2007, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi was shadow minister from 2007 to 2010. Chairman of the Conservative party (2010 – 2012) Baroness Warsi, in 2012, became minister of state for faith and communities and foreign and commonwealth affairs.
Lady Warsi who championed David Cameron’s bid to lead the Tory Party in 2005 and was rewarded first with a shadow ministerial job and then, in 2010, with the party chairmanship resigned in August 2014 as she cited the government’s “morally indefensible” refusal to condemn Israel over its bombardment of the Gaza Strip.
In the aftermath of the 2010 general election, Sayeeda Warsi worked hard to form a government working group on anti-Muslim hatred. Against the backdrop of her warning in 2011 that Islamophobia had “passed the dinner-table test”, the then Conservative minister brought together representative from Muslim communities, anti-racism groups and academia. However, when Lady Warsi resigned from the government in 2014, she argued that the government’s failure to engage with Muslim communities was undermining Britain’s fight against extremism.
Daughter of a Pakistani immigrant Sayeeda Warsi was born in Dewsbury, Yorkshire and read law at University of Leeds.