Sayeeda Warsi, Baroness Warsi

Sayeeda Hussain Warsi, Baroness Warsi PC (born 28 March 1971) is a British lawyer, politician, and member of the House of Lords who served as co-Chairwoman of the Conservative Party from 2010 to 2012. She served in the Cameron–Clegg coalition, first as the Minister without portfolio between 2010 and 2012, then as the Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and as the Minister of State for Faith and Communities (styled as "Senior Minister of State"), until her resignation citing her disagreement with the Government's policy on the Israel–Gaza conflict in August 2014.[1]


The Baroness Warsi

Official portrait, 2018
Minister of State for South Asia and Central Asia[lower-alpha 1]
In office
4 September 2012  5 August 2014
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byJeremy Browne
Succeeded byThe Baroness Anelay of St Johns
Minister of State for Faith and Communities[lower-alpha 2]
In office
4 September 2012  5 August 2014
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byEric Pickles
Minister without Portfolio
In office
12 May 2010  4 September 2012
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byHazel Blears[lower-alpha 3]
Succeeded byKen Clarke
Grant Shapps
Chairman of the Conservative Party
In office
12 May 2010  4 September 2012
Served with The Lord Feldman of Elstree
LeaderDavid Cameron
Preceded byEric Pickles
Succeeded byGrant Shapps
Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion and Social Action
In office
2 July 2007  11 May 2010
LeaderDavid Cameron
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
15 October 2007
Life Peerage
Personal details
Born (1971-03-28) 28 March 1971 (age 50)
Dewsbury, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Political partyConservative
Alma materDewsbury College (now Kirklees College)
University of Leeds
University of Law

Warsi grew up in a family of Pakistani Muslim immigrants living in West Yorkshire.[2] 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. The first female Muslim to attend Cabinet (not as a formal member),[3] Baroness Warsi came to further prominence when, at her first meeting in Downing Street, she wore a traditional South Asian shalwar kameez.[citation needed]