Sajid Javid served as Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills from May 2015 until July 2016. He was Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport from April 2014 to May 2015 and previously he was both the Economic and Financial Secretary to the Treasury. He was a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee from June to November 2010. He was elected Conservative MP for Bromsgrove in 2010.
British Pakistan politician Sajid Javid has been appointed Home Secretary of the United Kingdom hours after Amber Rudd resigned amid countrywide outrage over the Windrush scandal. Sajid Javid MP was appointed Home Secretary on 30 April 2018. He was Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government from 8 January 2018 to 29 April 2018, and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government from July 2016 to January 2018. Sajid is also Ministerial Champion for the Midlands Engine.
His appointment has been applauded as a major milestone in British politics as it’s the first time someone from a minority ethnic background has been appointed to high office since Benjamin Disrael, who was Jewish, was elected prime minister in 1874.
Former Conservative Chairman Sayeeda Warsi, whose father was also a Pakistani bus driver, tweeted: ‘Congratulations Sajid Javid. From the son of an immigrant bus driver to Britain’s first BAME Home Sec. ‘Whatever your politics surely we can all be proud that another glass ceiling has been broken and we are seeing another historic first.’
Sajid Javid Full Biography and Profile
Born in Rochdale and raised in Bristol, Sajid spent most of his formative years outside the M25. After attending a local state school, he went on to read Economics and Politics at Exeter University. Sajid became involved with politics whilst at school, an interest that continued at university. His father was a bus driver.
Before being elected MP, he worked in business and finance. Aged 25, he became a Vice President at Chase Manhattan Bank. He later moved to Deutsche Bank in London to help build its business in emerging market countries.
Sajid left Deutsche Bank as a senior Managing Director in the summer of 2009 to give something back through politics.
Sajid has served as the Member of Parliament for Bromsgrove since 2010 and has held several positions in government.
– MP for Bromsgrove, 2010 –
– Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Sep 2012 – Oct 2013
– Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Oct 2013 – April 2014
– Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, April 2014 – May 2015
– Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, May 2015 – July 2016
– Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, July 2016 –
– Ministerial Champion for the Midlands Engine, July 2016 –
– Sajid is married to Laura and they are proud parents of four children.
Sajid is an active local campaigner and has campaigned for fairer school funding, to upgrade the train station, improve road and transport services, better local NHS services for residents and create more growth and opportunities in the town.
Since becoming the MP for Bromsgrove, Sajid has held three annual Jobs Fairs and a Pensioners Fair.
Unemployment has fallen by 55% and the creation of new businesses in Bromsgrove is at a record rate.
In 2015 he won Politician of the Year at the British Muslim Awards.
Sajid Javid is married to Laura and they have four children.
In Sajid Javid Own Words
Although I joined the Conservative Party during my time at Exeter University, it was my upbringing and early life that shaped my political consciousness.
Abdul-Ghani Javid (or, as he was known to me, Dad) arrived in the UK in 1961 at 23 years of age. His family lost everything during the partition of India and their move to Pakistan, so my father’s motivation was quite simple – he wanted to work in Britain and provide the means for his brothers back in Pakistan to be educated.
Disembarking at Heathrow with a £1 note in his pocket (which his father, touchingly but mistakenly, had said would see him through his first month in the UK), my father made his way up north and found a job in a Rochdale cotton mill.
Happy to be employed, he nevertheless strived for more. He set his sights on working on a bus, only to be turned away time and again.
But he didn’t give up. He persisted and was hired as a bus conductor, then a driver, earning the nickname ‘Mr Night & Day’ from his co-workers. After that came his own market stall, selling ladies clothes (many sewn by my mother at home) and, eventually, his own shop in Bristol.
My four brothers and I, all born in Rochdale, lived with my parents in the two-bedroom flat above our shop on Stapleton Road (which, although home to us, was later dubbed “Britain’s most dangerous street”).
This – along with our family breaks to visit cousins back in Rochdale and our biannual treat of hiring a VHS player for a weekend to binge on movies – might not fit everyone’s definition of success, but success is always relative. My parents achieved their aims – to help their immediate and extended families and to provide for and educate my brothers and me.
After attending state schools in Bristol, and being advised to start my working life by securing an apprenticeship, I decided to continue my academic education and won a place at Exeter University to study Economics and Politics, the first member of my family to go to university.
This is the root of my conservative beliefs. My mother and father had nothing and, like many people in their adopted country, worked their way up. All they had to rely on was their own drive and determination, a willingness to work hard, and the confidence to take risks in the hope of greater rewards.
There were, of course, ups and downs. But, whenever my parents were knocked down, in business or in anything else, they picked themselves up and started again. The abiding lesson was clear to me: don’t doubt yourself and don’t stop trying.
I saw my parents’ resolve pay off, and their sense of personal responsibility and self-development was instilled in my brothers and me. My parents and, through them, my brothers and I, flourished in the UK’s meritocracy in ways that would not have been possible otherwise.
I believe that what worked for my family and me works for everyone else in the UK. Encouraging everyone to be the best that they can be is the surest way to personal and national contentment and prosperity. That is why I am proud to be British and Conservative.
– Sajid Javid Biography and Profile (Sajid Javid)