Baroness Sayeeda Warsi is the first to admit that five months ago she would have been the perfect target for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s new crusade to tackle Britain’s battle with the bulge.
Stepping onto the scales last December, the Conservative life peer was horrified to see her weight top 12st 10lb — her heaviest since being pregnant with her daughter 22 years ago.
Just 5ft 2in tall and with a Body Mass Index of 32.5, there was simply no avoiding the fact that the hips don’t lie.
‘That was my ‘now or never’ moment. I thought: ‘This is not what I want to be,’ ‘ says Baroness Warsi, 49, who in 2007 became the House of Lords’ youngest member at 36.
Read about Lady Warsi’s journey here
“The men and women taking to the streets across the globe under the banner of Black Lives Matter want to be heard. They want to hear an acknowledgement of the mistakes of the past and a genuine commitment to future change. Their ask is no different to the ask many of us have had all our lives.” – Baroness Warsi’s comments on racism for the Times
Sayeeda Warsi – Tories will lose if they only focus on Europe and immigration
Lady Warsi claims that while contending with Ukip is necessary, a lurch to the right by David Cameron would spell defeat
Baroness Warsi – UK govt ‘ignored’ vote to recognize Palestine
“My question @UKHouseofLords today asked for the Governments position on #RecognisePalestine. Sadly got ‘stock answer,’ ignored Mondays vote,” she tweeted.
Lady Warsi on Palestine, Islam, quitting and how to stay true to your beliefs
In her first major interview since the turmoil following her resignation, the first Muslim minister tells Mark Townsend of her struggle at the dispatch box and why her book won’t tell tales
Baroness Warsi – ‘we should have seen the Iraq crisis coming’
During my time in Government I regularly spoke about religious freedom and the increase in the persecution of religious minorities. In a speech I gave at Georgetown University in Washington last November I talked about a global crisis of increasing religious persecution, especially in those countries where Christianity was born. I warned that a mass exodus was already taking place on a biblical scale.
Baroness Warsi – ‘I want to be able to live with myself after politics’
“For me, this is all about policies and principles. Long after politics has come and gone, I want to be able to live with myself. And at this point I said, after politics has come and gone, can I live with myself? And I thought ‘no I can’t’.”
Praise for Baroness Warsi: ‘Her action reflects the mood of Dewsbury – and of Britain’
The decision of the daughter of a local Pakistani mill worker, who attended a comprehensive school just a few hundred yards from here, to reject the trappings of power over her Government’s “morally indefensible position” on the Middle East, has turned her into a heroine in her home town.
Caravan Daily: Importance of Being Sayeeda Warsi
Britain’s Foreign Office Minister, Sayeeda Warsi, has stunned everyone with her resignation over the UK government’s stand on Gaza. Will the powerful Zionist lobby forgive the first Muslim woman minister for her audacity?