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
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.
“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’.”
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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.
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?
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