Life Peer & Former Minister
While in Opposition, Sayeeda Warsi joined the Shadow Cabinet in 2007 and became Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion and Social Action (July 2007 – May 2010). She was vice-chairman of the Conservative Party (July 2005 – June 2007),
Sayeeda was born in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire in 1971. She was educated at Birkdale High School and Dewsbury College, and at 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 for 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 on forced marriages for the Ministry of Law in Pakistan and for the women’s empowerment charity – the Savayra Foundation.
She has written several articles for the national and regional press.
Sayeeda is married to Iftikhar, and between them they have 5 children.