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Wake up call for Baroness Warsi

It is understandable why Baroness Warsi resigned as a foreign office minister over the British government's stance on the atrocities in Gaza.

Lady Warsi was one of David Cameron's earliest supporters in 2005, thinking that he is comfortable with today's Britain. But now she realises that the party has shifted since and that Conservatives would not win majorities until they start attracting more of the ethnic vote. This prediction becomes quite interesting in the light of what has happened to the Lady who defines herself as "brown, working-class woman from the North”.

Lady Warsi resigned as a government minister over the UK's policy on Gaza early August but has now broadened her criticisms saying that "some of the bitchiest women I've ever met in my life are the men in politics".

She called on the government to "recognise Palestine as a state" and impose an arms embargo on Israel. Lady Warsi seems to have more political wisdom and higher moral ground than many of her colleagues in the government.

She has criticised Chancellor Osborne and chief whip Michael Gove for not using their "very, very close" relations with the Israeli government to help end the killings in Gaza.

Would her criticisms be soon forgotten as Tory MP Alec Shelbrooke thinks, and all would be well for Tories in 2015 with the support of pro-Israeli lobby – seems unlikely, considering the strength of feelings in the country about Gaza, highlighted by the big Gaza demonstration in London on 9 August .



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