Lady Sayeeda Warsi


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Sayeeda Warsi
Source of Influence: Political
Status: Featured in current year

Baroness Warsi was Britain’s first Muslim Cabinet Minister. From May 2010 to September 2012 she was the Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party, and a Minister without Portfolio in David Cameron’s Cabinet. She was Minister of State for Faith and Communities and Senior Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. Baroness Warsi chaired the Government’s Task Force for Islamic Finance and was responsible for the issuance of Britain’s first Sukuk, Islamic bond. She resigned from her post in August 2014 citing her disagreement with HM Government’s policy over the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict. Baroness Warsi is now involved in a number of charities and educational institutions and remains a powerful voice on the issue of Islamophobia.