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Muslim Foreign Office minister quits – but was her attack on Cameron fuelled by her rage over reshuffle snub?

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  • Senior minister of state posts her resignation statement on Twitter 
  • Tells Cameron refusal to stand up to Israel threatens Britain’s reputation 
  • Last night she played central role in WWI ceremony in Westminster Abbey 
  • Move puts pressure on David Cameron over response to Israeli attacks
  • Prime Minister is on holiday in Portugal with his family this week
  • Downing Street says PM ‘regrets’ her decision to stand down
  • George Osborne dismisses ‘frankly unnecessary’ resignation
  • Nick Clegg steps up pressure with call to suspension of arms exports
Baroness Warsi dramatically quit as a minister over the Gaza crisis yesterday but immediately faced claims she was simply angry about being passed over for promotion.The first Muslim to sit in Cabinet resigned as a Foreign Office minister, saying government policy towards Israel was ‘morally indefensible’ and warning it could increase the threat of home-grown terrorism from radicalised youths.

However, sources last night suggested the real reason was her failure to land a plum job in last month’s reshuffle – with one saying she even had the ‘ego’ to believe she could have been made Foreign Secretary.

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