Sajid Javid becomes new Culture Secretary

Sajid Javid.
Sajid Javid.
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Sajid Javid has become the first Asian Tory man in the cabinet after being made Secretary of State for Culture, Media, Sport and Equalities following Maria Miller’s departure from Government.

The Bromsgrove MP, a former managing director at Deutsche Bank, has long been viewed as a rising star in the Conservative Party and has been tipped by some as a potential future leader.

Mr Javid, a father of four, reportedly made more than £20 million during his high-flying banking career, which took him round the globe, but turned to politics to “give something back”.

His father, Abdul, a bus driver, arrived in Britain in 1961 from Pakistan with just £1 in his pocket and earned the nickname “Mr Night and Day” because he worked all hours.

Mr Javid senior inspired a devotion to Margaret Thatcher in his son at the age of just 11. “My dad lived through the winter of discontent and used to vote Labour, but switched to Thatcher, saying, ‘look how she’s sorting out the country’. I agreed,” he told the Mail on Sunday. The late prime minister’s portrait hangs in his office.

The family lived in Rochdale before moving to Bristol where Mr Javid attended Downend School, a comprehensive, before going on to study politics and economics at Exeter University.

A career in investment banking followed, taking him to New York and Singapore as well as London. At the age of 25 he became the youngest vice-president at Chase Manhattan Bank and was later headhunted by Deutsche Bank.

Part of the 2010 parliamentary intake, he was quickly made a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee and his background in finance made him an obvious choice for a job under Chancellor George Osborne. In 2012 he was appointed economic secretary to the Treasury, rising up the departmental ranks to become financial secretary in October last year.

Although his family heritage is Muslim, Mr Javid does not practise any religion but his wife, Laura, his childhood sweetheart, is a Christian. They live in Fulham in a house reportedly worth £4 million and also own properties in Chelsea, Bristol and his constituency.

Outside politics he has a long track record of fundraising, including drumming up £710,000 in one go for the Disasters Emergency Committee and heading up a trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro for Help the Aged.

Despite experiencing bouts of racism in the past, Mr Javid describes Britain as the “world’s most tolerant country” adding “if you have talent, colour and gender is less important”.