Sayeeda Warsi Resigns From UK Government In Protest At "Morally Indefensible" Gaza Policy

Britain’s first Muslim cabinet minister resigns.

Sayeeda Warsi, Britain’s first female Muslim cabinet member, has resigned from the government in protest at David Cameron’s policy on the Gaza crisis.

Suzanne Plunkett / Reuters

Baroness Warsi joined David Cameron’s cabinet in 2010 as a minister without portfolio but was demoted in 2012 to a junior minister in the foreign office. Despite this she was allowed to continue to attend cabinet.

An increasingly marginalised figure, she was reported to have wanted to quit the government during last month’s reshuffle but was asked to stay on by Cameron.

She has previously expressed her concerns about Israeli military action in Gaza:

She submitted her resignation on Tuesday morning. This is her resignation letter.

Sayeeda Warsi

If there is a community meeting or protest in relation to #Gaza happening near you I'd like to know, please tweet me the details.

— SayeedaWarsi (@Sayeeda Warsi)

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Jim Waterson is the UK deputy editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London. Waterson focuses on politics.
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