Who is Sajid Javid? Bus driver’s son who had Thatcher portrait on wall and became millionaire banker appointed first Home Secretary from ethnic minority
Remain voting dad-of-four Javid, married to wife Laura, has been moved from Communities Secretary to fill Ms Rudd’s boots at the Home Office
Multi-millionaire banker Sajid Javid is the first Home Secretary from an ethnic minority.
The 48-year-old was appointed by telephone by Prime Minister Theresa May the morning after Amber Rudd’s departure.
He was elected MP for Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, in 2010 and was quickly identified a a rising star.
The former City banker sat on the work and Pensions Select Committee, then the powerful Public Accounts Committee.
Mr Javid, who comes from a Muslim background but does not practise any religion, was particularly close to Chancellor George Osborne and was appointed a Treasury Minister in September 2012.
He was elevated to the Cabinet as Culture Secretary in April of that year and became Business Secretary in May 2015 after the Tories’ shock election outright victory.
It was there that he first come under major scrutiny, as his handling of the steel crisis was heavily criticised.
Sajid Javid with his wife Laura (Image: Ian Vogler/Daily Mirror)
Sajid Javid at the Home Office after his appointment (Image: Dominic Lipinski/PA)
The sector was battered by thousands of job losses in 2015-16 – but the Cabinet Minister jetted off on holiday to Australia with his daughter.
In July 2016, Theresa May made him Communities and Local Government secretary as she formed her first Cabinet following David Cameron’s resignation in the wake of the Brexit referendum.
Mr Javid campaigned to remain in the European Union during the 2016 referendum, even though a few months before the vote he said his “heart” was for Brexit.
After the result, he said: “We’re all Brexiteers now.”
In 2016, he supported Stephen Crabb to replace then-prime minister David Cameron as leader of the Conservative Party in return for a promise to be appointed finance minister.
Mr Crabb’s bid ultimately foundered when he failed to secure enough votes.
Mr Javid has been blasted for failing to get a hold of the housing crisis gripping the country.
Sajid Javid, who is not religious, visits Finsbury Park mosque (Image: Victoria Jones/PA)
However, he won plaudits for his stance on anti-Semitism and standing up to Donald Trump over his inflammatory tweets.
Mr Javid was born in Rochdale, Lancashire, one of five sons of parents of Pakistani heritage.
His father, Abdul, was a bus driver who arrived in the country in 1961 with just £1 in his pocket.
He has compared himself to London Mayor Sadiq Khan , who also hails from Pakistani ancestry and whose father also drove buses.
After the announcement, Mr Khan tweeted: “Congratulations @sajidjavid. I hope we can work together to tackle the tough challenges we face – from making sure our police have the resources they need, urgently dealing with the Windrush Scandal, and putting an end to the ‘hostile environment’ for migrants.
Mr Javid went to a comprehensive school in Bristol before studying economics and politics at Exeter University.
He once hit a classmate who called him a “p**i”, and was told in his first interview for a City job that his face “wasn’t going to fit in there”.
He was the first member of Britain’s South Asian minority to be given a full-time post in the cabinet when he was appointed culture minister in 2014.
The climax of a meteoric rise in Britain’s booming financial services industry saw him become a managing director at Deutsche Bank in 2004.
He has four children with wife Laura.
Tipped as a future Tory leader, Javid infamously had a portrait of Margaret Thatcher on the wall of his ministerial office.
Mr Javid’s first task will be to take some of the political heat out of the crisis which has seen people from a Caribbean background denied access to benefits and healthcare or threatened with deportation despite decades of residence in the UK.
Labour has made clear it does not believe that Ms Rudd’s removal resolves the situation.
Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said that ultimate responsibility rests with Mrs May and called on the Prime Minister to come to the Commons to answer MPs’ questions.
“All roads lead back to Theresa May and her tenure as Home Secretary,” Ms Abbott told BBC1’s Breakfast.
“Many of the elements of this hostile environment originated under Theresa May and, most important of all, it was in 2014 that she passed legislation which removed the protection from deportation which up until then had applied to Commonwealth citizens.”
THE KEY PRIORITIES FOR NEW HOME SECRETARY
– The Windrush fallout
The scandal that set in train the events that ultimately resulted in Amber Rudd’s departure is far from resolved. Officials are working through hundreds of cases reported to a dedicated helpline, with the number of potential Windrush cases standing at more than 1,300 last week. Mr Javid will also have to oversee the compensation and citizenship schemes announced for those affected by the fiasco.
– The ‘hostile environment’
Measures to crack down on illegal immigration have come under sharp focus and calls for the policy to be abandoned are unlikely to subside after Ms Rudd’s resignation. Her successor will also doubtless face questions over the department’s targets culture, in particular in the area of immigration.
Recent events have prompted fresh questions over the Home Office’s capacity to manage the vast bureaucratic exercise associated with Britain’s departure from the EU. Later this year, the process of assigning status to more than three million EU nationals living in the UK will begin, while the department will be responsible for implementing whatever new immigration system is brought in after the end of the implementation period in 2020.
Before the furore over Windrush and immigration targets erupted, the Home Office was already coming under mounting pressure after a spate of deadly violence in London. Figures released last week showed police in England and Wales registered rises in knife and gun crime last year. Mr Javid will inherit leadership of the Government’s strategy to tackle serious violence – the unveiling of which earlier this month was overshadowed by a fresh row over police officer numbers.
The official threat level remains at severe, meaning an attack is “highly likely”. Britain was hit by five attacks last year, and police and MI5 have around 23,000 individuals on their radar. An early task for Mr Javid will be to finalise the Government’s refreshed counter-terror strategy, which is expected to be presented in the coming weeks.