Baroness Warsi, Minister without Portfolio

Baroness Warsi; Crown copyrightSayeeda Warsi is Minister without Portfolio at the Cabinet Office and currently Chairman of the Conservative Party, formerly Vice-Chairman.

Her responsibilities include:

  • Acting as an interface between the Government and the Conservative Party.
  • Providing the Prime Minister with strategic thinking on the general direction of government policy and working with ministerial colleagues in relation to social cohesion and big society.
  • Contributing to the Government's policy and decision making processes as a member of Cabinet and Cabinet Committees.

The Minister has no departmental responsibilities.

Biography

Sayeeda has been politically active from her early college days. She was instrumental in the launch of Operation Black Vote in West Yorkshire in 1996 and stood as a candidate in the 2005 General Election. In 2007, she was appointed to the House of Lords and joined David Cameron’s Shadow Cabinet.

She was educated at Birkdale High School and Dewsbury College before , reading Law (LLB) at the University of Leeds. She completed her Legal Practice Course at the York College of Law, and then trained with the Crown Prosecution Service and the Home Office Immigration Department.

After qualifying as a solicitor, Sayeeda worked for John Whitfield, the last Conservative Member of Parliament for Dewsbury at Whitfield Hallam Goodall Solicitors. Sayeeda then went on to set up her own specialist practice, George Warsi Solicitors, in Dewsbury.

Sayeeda has always had a keen interest in racial justice issues - as varied as forced marriages, prison conditions, and business network links. She has represented equalities councils at national conferences and worked overseas on a research project and for a charitable organisation. She is a regular speaker on a national level, sharing a platform with leading Parliamentarians. Sayeeda often appears in the broadcast media and also writes articles for national and regional press.

Contact details

Email Sayeeda Warsi
Telephone: 020 7276 3103
Fax: 020 7276 0514

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