Pakistani-origin Baroness Becomes Cabinet Minister in UK


London : In a historic breakthrough for race relations and community cohesion, Britain got it’s first ever Pakistan-origin woman as a full cabinet minister in the new coalition government led by British Prime Minister David Cameron.

In a double whammy for the most influential Muslim woman in British politics, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi was made the Conservative Party Chairperson and a full cabinet minister.

She will be the first Muslim ever to attend the cabinet meetings with other members of the ruling elite. She will have an office in 10 Downing Street as well as one in the Conservative Party headquarters. She took over charge of the party from the party chairman Erick Pickles, who has been made Communities and Local Government Secretary last Tuesday after Prime Minister David Cameron announced his cabinet consisting of his top lieutenants in a coalition government to lead the country for the next five years.

Lady Warsi in her new role will be responsible for the running of overall affairs of the party and will be a bridge between the parliamentary Conservative Party and the voluntary membership. In fact, she will oversee the working and operations of the Tory headquarters and will be responsible for reporting the party affairs to the prime minister and vice versa.



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