Much has been written in recent days about the controversy surrounding Baroness Warsi and while I agree with Tim Montgomerie that accusations of racism in the left wing media are simply ludicrous; but as a Conservative I don’t think there has been enough coverage of the part Sayeeda Warsi has and I hope will continue to play in broadening the appeal of the Tory Party to non-traditional voters.
In a piece for the Daily Telegraph, Paul Goodmanl noted David Cameron needed a way to reach out to this growing part of the electorate, and in Lady Warsi found a way of doing just that. However as Lord Ashcroft’s recent research has shown we still have some way to go because only 16% voted Conservative in 2010 general election.
I would argue that this would have been even lower had it not been for Lady Warsi. Her reach has not only extended to ethnic voters but also to many others who thought we were not for people like them, were hostile to them and did not share their values. I am sure they were pleasantly surprised to see a working class muslim woman from Yorkshire tackle equally well extremists on the streets of Luton as in the BBC Question Time studio.