Baroness Warsi is a British Pakistani solicitor, politician who was born on 28th March 1971 in Dewsbury, England. She was raised up in West Yorkshire. She is second of the five the daughter of Pakistani immigrants. She attended Birkdale High School and then joined Dewsbury College before studying law at the University of Leeds, gaining an LLB.
Later, she joined the College of Law, York, for completing her legal practice training. In the year 2007, Warsi became the Conservative Party Vice Chairman for Cities and Diversity and was appointed to the House of Lords, becoming Shadow Minister for Communities and Social Action in the Shadow Cabinet. She was the first female Muslim to ever sit at the Cabinet table.
She was then appointed as Minister without Portfolio in Cabinet by David Cameron in 12th May 2010 when she succeeded Eric Pickles as the Conservative Party. A number of Conservative MPs criticized Baroness Warsi at a meeting of the 1922 Committee for her handling of MEP Roger Helmer’s defection to UKIP. Warsi was shuffled to the new post of “Senior Minister of State” on 4th September 2012 on the Foreign Office and Minister for Faith and Communities.
She also announced via twitter that she had been removed as a Party Chairman. She tweeted “It’s been a privilege and an honor to serve my party as co-chairman, signing off @Tory Chairman”. She resigned from the government on 5th august 2014 citing concerns that she was no longer able to support the Cameron Government’s policy on the escalation of violence in the Israel-Gaza conflict.
To talk about her personal life, Warsi has married twice. At first she got married to her cousin Naeem. When on holiday with her extended family in Pakistan when she was at the age of fifteen, a number of boys were introduced to her and from that group, she chose Naeem. The couple married in the year 1990 in an arranged marriage. They have one daughter together who they named Aamna.
Later, Naeem denied that their marriage was arranged and they got divorced in December of 2007. She is now married to Iftikhar Azam. They married on 20th August 2009 in a Nikah ceremony at her parents’ house in Dewsbury. She is now residing in Wakefield with her husband and their five children.
Apart from that, Warsi is a keen cook and a huge fan of cricket and home improvement programmes. She is fluent in speaking Punjabi, Urdu and Gujarati. She was named as one of the world’s “500 Most Influential Muslims” in 2010 by Middle East think tank the Royal Islamic Strategic Studied Centre. In addition, she also topped the UK’s Muslim women power list.