Lauren Booth, Tony Blair’s Sister-in-Law, Believes Rise in Number of Muslims Would Be Good For Britain

12 February 2011

The sister-in-law of former Labour prime minister Tony Blair has said a rise in the number of Muslims in Britain would be “good for the country”. Journalist Lauren Booth – sister of Mr Blair’s wife Cherie – converted to Islam last year.

And she told a conference in Colchester, Essex, that since becoming a Muslim she was a “better worker” and a “better mother” to her two daughters. She told the University of Essex’s annual Islamic Conference that Britons were “seeking not to be afraid” of Muslims and wanted Muslims “to be happy”.

Ms Booth was asked how Mr and Mrs Blair had reacted to her conversion and said: “My sister … recognises that it is a great faith that people follow. Tony Blair is Tony Blair.”

“If the number of British Muslims increases you should know it will be only good for the country,” Ms Booth told the conference, in a lecture entitled My Journey to Islam.

Tony Blair’s sister-in-law Lauren Booth converts to Islam

3 November 2010

Journalist and broadcaster Lauren Booth, 43 – Tony Blair’s sister-in-law – has converted to Islam after having what she describes as a “holy experience” during a visit to Iran.

She decided to become a Muslim six weeks ago after visiting the shrine of Fatima al-Masumeh in the city of Qom. “It was a Tuesday evening and I sat down and felt this shot of spiritual morphine, just absolute bliss and joy,” she said in an interview. When she returned to Britain, she decided to convert immediately at a London mosque.

Newspapers have commented widely on her decision and not always in a positive way. In an opinion piece for the Guardian, she explains why she took this step and what it means to her. She also throws light on Muslim women she met during her travels through Islamic countries, finding them very often in powerful and hard-working positions.