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University hosts An Audience with Baroness Sayeeda Warsi

26 October 09

The University of Bradford will be hosting 'An Audience with Baroness Sayeeda Warsi' on Thursday 29 October 2009.

The event, part of the 'Faith and the City' programme, has been developed by the University's School of Lifelong Education and Development in partnership with the Bradford District Faiths Forum.
Baroness Sayeeda Warsi is Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion and Social Action and is a member of David Cameron's Shadow Cabinet. She is a former Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party and is Shadow Minister for the City of Sheffield.

She has been politically active from her early college days and was subsequently instrumental in the launch of Operation Black Vote in West Yorkshire in 1996 and stood as a candidate in the 2005 general election.

Baroness Warsi has always had a keen interest in racial justice issues. For many years she was an executive member of the Kirklees Racial Equality Council. She is also a member of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust's Racial Justice Committee and regularly represents them at national conferences.

Educated at Birkdale High School and Dewsbury College she went on to the University of Leeds where she read law (LLB).  She attended the York College of Law to complete the Legal Practice Course 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.

She has worked overseas on a research project for the Ministry of Law in Pakistan and is currently chair of the Savayra Foundation, a women's empowerment charity based in Pakistan.

In December 2007 she participated in the successful mission to the Sudan to secure the release of the British teacher, Gillian Gibbons.
The discussion will be held at 6:00pm in the JSB Lecture Theatre, Richmond Building at the University.  Places are free but must be booked. To reserve your place please e-mail or call 01274 395398.

26 October 09

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