The Rt Hon Baroness Warsi, Thursday 30th June 2011
Speaking at the OIC Foreign Minister’s Conference as the first British Government Minister
Speaking in Cardiff at the Conservative Spring Forum, Sayeeda Warsi said;
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8 Members of Parliament. 13 Assembly Members. 171 Councillors.
Coming first in European elections. 380,000 votes in the General Election.
One of the biggest swings in a century.
Our best results in two decades.
This is the Conservative Party in Wales.
Speaking at the University of Leicester Sayeeda Warsi said:
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Back in September I made a speech about faith at the Bishops Conference.
It was the first time that a Cabinet Minister had spoken so frankly about faith for many years.
I think it’s fair to say that the speech caused a bit of a stir in some quarters.
The New Humanist Magazine ran a poll of their readers which ranked me the fifth most dangerous enemy of reason last year.
I was about to think that actually, I hadn’t done too badly, when I discovered that the Koran-burning Pastor, Terry Jones, came one place below me!
But overall I believe the impact of the speech was really positive.
And the main thing I discovered by doing the speech was that there is a large, untapped appetite for a more mature discussion of faith in this country.
Speaking to Conservative Party Conference 2010 Sayeeda Warsi said:
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Thirteen years. Four Party Leaders.
Three General Elections. And now two parties, one government.
And finally something we have wanted to say for years:
A Conservative Prime Minister in Downing Street
I am having a divine week. First, I celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr. Last night I was at dinner with the Chief Rabbi, who has just marked the Jewish New Year. Today I am delighted to be here with you, the Bishops of the Church of England. And on Friday I will be meeting His Holiness the Pope.
So if anyone suggests that this government does not understand, does not appreciate, does not defend people of faith, dare I even say, does not “do God”, then I hope my schedule this week will go some way to banishing that myth.
Our party has always been called upon, time and time again to mend our country’s broken economy.
This time, we also have a challenge to mend our broken politics and our broken society.