First Muslim woman takes a front row seat in UK parliamentNovember 14th, 2007 - 2:24 am ICT by admin
The 36-year old mother of one who took her seat in the House of Lords as Baroness Warsi said it was a “great honour” to be asked by Conservative leader David Cameron to join his cabinet as shadow minister for community cohesion, Daily Times reported.
She is also the youngest member of Britain’s upper parliamentary chamber.
She joins two other Muslim women in the Upper House of the Parliament, Baroness Uddin, who was given a peerage to represent the ruling Labour Party in 1998 and Baroness Falkner, who was elevated to the upper chamber as a Liberal Democrat in 2004.
There have been no Muslim women so far elected to the 646-member House of Commons, which includes only four Muslim male MPs, who are all from the Labour Party. There are also four Muslim men already in the House of Lords, three Labour and one Conservative.
Warsi formally takes up her post after being appointed by Cameron in a cabinet reshuffle in June.
Cameron has created the new post of Shadow Minsiter of Community Cohesion citing his party’s commitment to tackling challenges faced by modern Britain, the daily reported.
She was educated at Birkdale High School and Dewsbury College, and then the University of Leeds where she read Law (LLB). She attended the York College of Law to complete her Legal Practice Course and trained both with the Crown Prosecution Service and the Home Office Immigration Department. (ANI)
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