Minister of State for Faith and Communities and Senior Minister of State

The Rt Hon Baroness Warsi

Biography

Baroness Warsi was appointed Senior Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Minister for Faith and Communities at the Department for Communities and Local Government in September 2012. 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.

Minister of State for Faith and Communities

The minister works with religious and community leaders to promote faith, religious tolerance and stronger communities within the UK.

Senior Minister of State

The minister is responsible for:

  • Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh
  • central Asia
  • human rights
  • UN, OIC, International Organisations and the International Criminal Court
  • all FCO business in the House of Lords

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister without Portfolio

    • 2010 to 2012

Policies

under the responsibility of The Rt Hon Baroness Warsi as Minister of State for Faith and Communities

  1. Bringing people together in strong, united communities

    • 1 July 2013

Policies

under the responsibility of The Rt Hon Baroness Warsi as Senior Minister of State

  1. Establishing stability in Afghanistan

    • 21 January 2014
  2. Promoting human rights internationally

    • 21 March 2013

Announcements

by The Rt Hon Baroness Warsi

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  1. Baroness Warsi sends her best wishes to those who are celebrating Easter

    • 18 April 2014
    • Press release
  2. Faith Minister Baroness Warsi’s message for Vaisakhi

    • 13 April 2014
    • News story
  3. UK and Bahrain working together to promote Islamic Finance

    • 8 April 2014
    • Press release
  4. Global Islamic Finance and Investment Group

    • 1 April 2014
    • News story
  5. Baroness Warsi welcomes conclusions of UN Human Rights Council

    • 28 March 2014
    • Press release
  6. Foreign Office Advisory Group on freedom of religion or belief

    • 25 March 2014
    • Press release
  7. Eric Pickles flies flag for Commonwealth Day

    • 10 March 2014
    • Press release
  8. Call for more women to volunteer as mentors

    • 7 March 2014
    • Press release
  9. Multi-faith communities to benefit from new £3 million grant

    • 27 February 2014
    • Press release
  10. Baroness Warsi concludes visit to Oman and Saudi Arabia

    • 20 February 2014
    • Press release

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