UK minister Sayeeda Warsi quits over Gaza
British Foreign Office minister Baroness Sayeeda Warsi has resigned from the government, saying its policy on the crisis in Gaza is “morally indefensible”.
She wrote on her Twitter feed that she was leaving with “deep regret”.
Lady Warsi, who was previously chairman of the Conservative Party, became the first female Muslim cabinet minister when David Cameron took office in 2010.
The prime minister thanked her for her “excellent work”, adding that he wanted an “unconditional ceasefire” in Gaza.
But Chancellor George Osborne called her resignation “disappointing and frankly unnecessary”.
Lady Warsi grew up in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, and worked as a solicitor before entering politics. She was demoted from the cabinet to a middle-ranking Foreign Office post in 2012, being made minister for faith and communities at the same time.
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