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Warsi: Tories Face Losing Next Election
David Cameron will not win the next election unless he does more to attract ethnic minorities, Britain's first female Muslim Cabinet minister has warned.
Baroness Warsi - who resigned this week over the Government's policy on Gaza - said Tory bosses were ignoring "electoral reality" by relying on white voters.
In an interview with the Sunday Times and Independent on Sunday, the peer also lashed out at "bitchy" colleagues who questioned whether she was up to her job.
She suggested that Mr Cameron's inner circle did not understand those who had not gone to public school.
"I will be out there, vocally fighting for an outright Conservative majority," Lady Warsi said.
"But the electoral reality is that we will not win outright Conservative majorities until we start attracting more of the ethnic vote."
Lady Warsi said that when she was one of Cameron's earliest supporters in 2005 she thought: "This is a guy who gets today's Britain.
"He's a new kind of Conservative. He's comfortable with today's Britain."
But she added: "I think the party has shifted since then. The party leadership has shifted since then.
"I think over time it will be a regressive move because we have to appeal to all of Britain, not just because it's morally the right thing to do... but because it is an electoral reality.
"We've probably left it a little too late to take this part of the electorate seriously."
Former Foreign Office minister Lady Warsi called on the Government to "recognise Palestine as a state" and impose an arms embargo on Israel.
And she attacked Chancellor George Osborne and Chief Whip Michael Gove for failing to use their "very, very close" relations with Israel to defuse the crisis.