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UK PM removes Pak-origin co-party head

British Prime Minister David Cameron removed the Pakistani-origin female co-chairman of his Conservative party on Monday, ignoring her claims that she could pull in white, working class and ethnic minority votes at the next election.

world Updated: Sep 05, 2012 01:10 IST
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British Prime Minister David Cameron removed the Pakistani-origin female co-chairman of his Conservative party on Monday, ignoring her claims that she could pull in white, working class and ethnic minority votes at the next election.


Instead, Cameron made Baroness Sayeed Warsi the senior minister of state in the foreign office and minister for faith and communities in a wide-ranging reshuffle of his cabinet.

She was found guilty of a "minor breach" of the ministerial code in June after failing to tell officials of her family links to a businessman who accompanied her on an official visit to Pakistan.

She told the Daily Telegraph last week, "I'm a woman, I'm not white, I'm from an urban area, I'm from the North, I'm working class — I kind of fit the bill. All the groups that we're aiming for are groups that I'm familiar with."

Warsi was the first Asian woman to be given a Cabinet post when she was inducted in the government in 2010.