Britain's first female Muslim Cabinet Minister to take up role at London's Catholic University

Thursday 16th July 2015 14:30 EDT

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi has been appointed Visiting Professor at St Mary’s University, Twickenham starting her role in September. Baroness Warsi will work closely with the University’s Centre for Initiatives in Spirituality and Reconciliation to promote reconciliation within and beyond faith groups through seminars, conferences and outreach.

Baroness Warsi was Britain's first Muslim Cabinet minister and at the time of appointment in 2007 became the youngest member of the House of Lords. In Government, Warsi combined a role in the foreign office and a domestic department as Senior Minister of State in the Foreign Office and Minister for Faith and Communities before resigning from the Government in August 2014 over the Governments policy on Gaza.

Prior to politics, Warsi ran her own legal practice specialising in criminal defence, mental health and human rights law.

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi said, “I’m proud to be joining St Mary’s and its very distinguished roster of Visiting Professors. The University’s outward looking and progressive stance on faith is impressive as is the crucial role it plays in public life and in education. The role will enable me to continue to build on important work being advanced by St Mary's focussing on the positive power of faith and the great benefit it can have on society."

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