Sayeeda Warsi, Baroness Warsi is a British politician for the Conservative Party and a lawyer. Since the UK General Election, 2010 she has been the Chairman of the Conservative Party, sitting in the cabinet. She is the first Muslim woman to sit in the cabinet. She is a former Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party and is the Shadow Member for the City of Sheffield.
Sayeeda Warsi has been politically active from her early college days and was subsequently instrumental in the launch of Operation Black Vote in West Yorkshire in 1996 and stood as a candidate in the 2005 General Election.
Education and Career
Sayeeda Warsi was born in Dewsbury in 1971. She was educated at Birkdale High School and Dewsbury College, and at the University of Leeds where she read Law (LLB).
She attended the York College of Law to complete the legal practice course and then trained with the Crown Prosecution Service and then the Home Office Immigration Department.
After qualifying as a Solicitor, Sayeeda Warsi worked for John Whitfield, the last Conservative Member of Parliament for Dewsbury and at Whitfield Hallam Goodall Solicitors. Sayeeda Warsi then went on to set up her own specialist practice, George Warsi Solicitors, in Dewsbury.
Campaigns and Areas of Interest
Sayeeda Warsi has always had a keen interest in racial justice issues. For many years she was an executive member of the Kirklees Racial Equalities Council. She is also a member of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust’s Racial Justice Committee and regularly represents them at national conference.
She has been a speaker on issues as varied as forced marriages, prison conditions and business network links at a national level. Warsi has worked overseas on a research project on forced marriages for the Ministry of Law in Pakistan and for the women’s empowerment charity – the Savayra Foundation.
Warsi regularly appears in the broadcast media, including the BBC’s Question Time and Radio Four’s Woman’s Hour. Sayeeda has also written articles for the national and regional press.