Baroness Sayeeda Warsi

Former co-chair of the Conservative Party and author of The Enemy Within: A Tale of Muslim Britain

A lawyer, businesswoman, campaigner and cabinet minister, Sayeeda Warsi has had many roles – but she is best known for being the first Muslim person to serve in a British cabinet. In August 2014, she resigned from government, citing its ‘morally indefensible’ policy on Gaza. In 2007, she was elevated to the House of Lords aged 36, making her the youngest peer in Parliament.  

From 2007–2010, she served in the Shadow Cabinet as minister for community cohesion and social action. In 2010, she was appointed by Prime Minister David Cameron as minister without portfolio, becoming the first Muslim person to serve as a cabinet minister. In government, she led the largest ministerial delegation to the Vatican, famously declared that Islamophobia had ‘passed the dinner table test’, and established the Remembering Srebrenica programme. 

Sayeeda is chair of the Baroness Warsi Foundation, and a trustee of the Savayra Foundation. She’s pro vice chancellor at the University of Bolton, an advisor to Georgetown University Washington DC, and visiting professor at St Mary's – the oldest Catholic university in the UK. Baroness Warsi has consistently been voted one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the world.