The Rt Hon Baroness Warsi

Biography

Baroness Warsi was Senior Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Minister for Faith and Communities at the Department for Communities and Local Government from September 2012 to August 2014. She was previously Chairman of the Conservative Party and Minister without Portfolio.

She is a Conservative member of the House of Lords.

Education

Baroness Warsi attended Birkdale High School and Dewsbury College before studying law at the University of Leeds, gaining an LLB. She later attended the College of Law, York, to complete her legal practice training.

Political career

She became Conservative Party Vice Chairman for Cities and Diversity and was appointed to the House of Lords in 2007, becoming Shadow Minister for Communities and Social Action in the Shadow Cabinet. In May 2010 she was appointed Minister without Portfolio.

Career outside politics

Baroness Warsi trained with the Crown Prosecution Service and the Home Office Immigration Department before setting up her own specialist legal practice.

She has also been a racial justice campaigner for many years and was instrumental in the launch of Operation Black Vote, a not-for-profit national organisation that works towards greater racial justice and equality throughout the UK.

Personal life

Baroness Warsi is a keen cook and a fan of cricket and home improvement programmes. She lives in Wakefield with her husband Iftikhar and their 5 children.

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister without Portfolio

    • 2010 to 2012
  2. Minister of State for Faith and Communities

    • 2012 to 2014
  3. Senior Minister of State

    • 2012 to 2014

Announcements

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  1. Downing Street response to Baroness Warsi standing down

    • 5 August 2014
    • Press release
  2. Eid messages 2014

    • 28 July 2014
    • News story
  3. Eid messages 2014

    • 28 July 2014
    • News story
  4. Communities ministers mark the anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide

    • 10 July 2014
    • Press release
  5. Baroness Warsi attends WW1 Commemorations

    • 28 June 2014
    • Press release
  6. The UNHRC concluded its 26th Session today

    • 27 June 2014
    • Press release
  7. Baroness Warsi's Ramadan message

    • 27 June 2014
    • News story
  8. Big Iftar meal opens to more people than ever before

    • 27 June 2014
    • News story
  9. Baroness Warsi speech honouring Overseas Heroes from the First World War

    • 26 June 2014
    • Speech
  10. Foreign Office marks International Day in Support of Victims of Torture 2014

    • 26 June 2014
    • Press release