Published in Politics First Magazine, Tuesday 20th December 2011
By Marcus Papadopoulos
In the short time that Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Minister without Portfolio and Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party, has been in Parliament (she was made a working peer in 2007), she has quickly earned a reputation for being a plain speaking and a “saying things as she sees them” politician–attributes respected by much of the public. However, her direct approach to politics is eclipsed by her two notable and historical achievements.
Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party and Minister without Portfolio Sayeeda Warsi has sent her best wishes to those celebrating the Jewish festival of Chanukah.
Sayeeda Warsi said:
‘It gives me great pleasure as Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party to send my best wishes to everyone celebrating this very special time in the Jewish calendar.
‘I know that Jewish communities across the country will be joining together to light candles and spend time with their families to mark this occasion, the ‘festival of lights’.
‘This is a festival where we can all celebrate the triumph of hope over adversity, and in these difficult times, take inspiration from the messages of light, hope and kindness, which are such a big part of the Jewish faith. ‘Above all, Chanukah is a time for people of different faiths to come together and look to 2012 with renewed hope.
Forced marriage is inhumane, unacceptable – and not illegal in the UK
It is a disgrace that forced marriage is only a matter for civil law – I welcome Theresa May taking steps to change this
Published on Comment is Free, The Guardian, Wednesday 14th December 2011
By Sayeeda Warsi
A 15-year-old girl is midway through her GCSEs when she is taken out of school. Little do her classmates know, she has been packed off abroad to marry a man she has never met, a man to whom she has been “promised” since birth. They never see her again.
This sounds like the stuff of a bygone era, of faraway places, even fiction. But, in 2011, here in Britain, the forcing of women or girls into marriage is a sad reality for thousands of people.
On the final regional tour of 2011 Sayeeda started the day by visiting Cheadle to meet the team and hear about the campaign to restore Gatley Clock before dropping in to Heald Green Mosque to meet the community.
Starting the penultimate tour of the year, Sayeeda travelled to Stroud to meet with Neil Carmichael MP for a tour of Lister Shearing Ltd, a local business who has benefited from the investment made by the local council into the regeneration zone. Read more