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Baroness Warsi visits UCLan

09 April 2015

Rachel Atkinson

Former Cabinet Minister gave keynote address at Muslim Leadership in Britain Conference  

Pic: (l-r) UCLan lecturer Carl Morris and Baroness Sayeeda Warsi with UCLan religion, culture and society final year students Safiyya Musa, Saira Hassan and Sana Chari.

A former Cabinet Minister and leading British Muslim has attended the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) for a specialist conference.

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, who is best known for being the first Muslim to serve in a British Cabinet and the foremost Muslim politician in the Western world, gave the keynote address at the Muslim Leadership in Britain Conference.

The campaigner and lawyer, who resigned from the Conservative Government citing its “morally indefensible” policy on Gaza in August last year, posed questions which were discussed during the various sessions and she took questions from the packed audience.

“This conference was all about placing higher education at the heart of the Muslim community both in the North West and throughout the country."

Baroness Warsi

Carl Morris, UCLan Associate Lecturer in Religion Culture and Society, was one of the organisers. He said: “This conference was all about placing higher education at the heart of the Muslim community both in the North West and throughout the country. We provided a neutral space for dialogue and debate to take place with the aim of creating new working networks in the spheres of politics, local government, education, charities, culture and business. The day was a huge success and we’re delighted to have been able to host such an event at UCLan.”

It was opened by Professor Sophie Gilliat-Ray, Chair of MBRN, and sessions included ‘Leadership, Young Muslims and Social Cohesion’; ‘Developing Female Leadership’ and ‘Muslim Leadership: A View from the North of England’.