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

Britain's first Muslim cabinet minister resigns.

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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.

With deep regret I have this morning written to the Prime Minister & tendered my resignation. I can no longer support Govt policy on #Gaza

Sayeeda Warsi@SayeedaWarsi

With deep regret I have this morning written to the Prime Minister & tendered my resignation. I can no longer support Govt policy on #Gaza

9:10 AM - 05 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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:

Can people stop trying to justify the killing of children. Whatever our politics there can never be justification, surely only regret #Gaza

Sayeeda Warsi@SayeedaWarsi

Can people stop trying to justify the killing of children. Whatever our politics there can never be justification, surely only regret #Gaza

9:24 PM - 24 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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.

Sayeeda Warsi@SayeedaWarsi

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.

12:53 PM - 01 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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