Congratulations go to former solicitor Baroness Warsi who took her place in the cabinet at No10 today.
Born in Dewsbury, Yorkshire – this daughter of an immigrant mill-worker has now become Britain’s first female, Muslim, Cabinet Minister replacing Eric Pickles as chair of the Conservative Party. Having taken part in the first meeting of the new Cabinet today she echoed the consensus of the day describing it as “very constructive”.
As a solicitor Sayeeda Warsi worked for the last Conservative MP of Dewsbury before setting up her own practice and she has worked overseas for the Ministry of Law in Pakistan and in Kashmir as Chairman of the Savayra Foundation, a women’s empowerment charity.
As the Conservative Parlimentary Candidate for her home-town at the 2005 General Election she went to Westminster and was appointed Shadow Minister for community cohesion and was Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party in opposition from 2005 to 2007, being made a peer as Baroness Warsi of Dewsbury in the County of West Yorkshire in October 2007.