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From West Yorkshire to Westminster to the University of Bradford - Baroness Warsi delivers 2nd annual lecture


Britain's first Muslim member of the Cabinet, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, will deliver the second Vice-Chancellor's Annual Lecture at the University of Bradford.

The lecture takes place on Thursday 29 October 2015, 6pm – 7.15pm, at the University’s Norcroft Centre at the city campus.

In the lecture - From West Yorkshire to Westminster and beyond: politics, peerage and social action – Baroness Warsi will reflect on her varied career. Sharing anecdotes, learning and experiences, she will talk about being the first Muslim in Cabinet and the importance of having a voice and using it.

A lawyer, a businesswoman, a campaigner and a Cabinet minister, Sayeeda Warsi has had many roles, but she is best known for being the first Muslim to serve in a British Cabinet and the foremost Muslim politician in the Western world. In August 2014 she resigned from Government, citing the “morally indefensible” policy on Gaza.

One of five girls born to immigrants of Pakistani origin in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, Sayeeda studied law at the University of Leeds, going on to work for the Crown Prosecution Service before setting up her own legal practice.

In 2010 she was appointed by Prime Minister David Cameron as Minister without Portfolio, becoming the first Muslim to serve in a British Cabinet. She was also appointed as Chairman of the Conservative Party, the first Asian to chair a major British political party. In 2012, Sayeeda was made Senior Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Minister for Faith and Communities.

A keen cook, an addict of home improvement programmes, and a cricket fan, she lives in Wakefield with her husband Iftikhar and their five children.

To book a free place at the lecture, please visit the events page.

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