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Baroness Sayeeda Warsi

Pro Vice Chancellor,University of Bolton


THE FIRST Muslim woman to be in the cabinet and subsequently, the first Asian to chair a political party, Tory peer Sayeeda Warsi is truly a politician in tune with 21st century Britain.

A consummate tweeter, Baroness Warsi tells the Power List that there are still strict rules and principles she follows when using social media.

“I think you have to be cautious and pay as much attention to drafting tweets and messages as you would a press release, or in a broadcasting interview”, she says. “My A, B, C of Twitter Rules are Be Authentic, Be Brave, Be Challenging.”

A former winner of the Huffington Post Political tweet of the year back in 2014 when she announced her resignation from the government over the conservative party’s policy on Gaza, her enthusiasm for the platform remains undiminished.

“I believe that Twitter allows politicians to speak directly without the filter of favour of broadcasting. It also allows politicians to communicate quickly and interact with political conversations as they develop. Twitter is also an effective way of doing a press release but there are rules to follow.”

For the race equality campaigner, who unequivocally set the cat amongst the pigeons back in 2011 when she argued that Islamophobia had “passed the dinner-table test” in Britain, this past summer has certainly not been lacking in talking points.

Most recently, in August, Baroness Warsi pulled few punches in slamming the government’s appointment of former Liberal Democrat peer Lord Carlile to oversee a review of its controversial counter-terrorism Prevent strategy.

Prevent, viewed as something of a toxic brand by many opponents, has come under heavy criticism over the years for unfairly targeting Muslim communities. Carlile himself had previously admitted his “considered and strong support” for the program and told Parliament that he may be “somewhat

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