Sajid Javid: the man behind the headlines

Sajid Javid, the new Home Secretary

Sajid Javid, the new Home Secretary

Monday, April 30, 2018

Sajid Javid has been appointed as the new Home Secretary but who is the man now in charge at the Home Office?

Born in Rochdale and raised in Bristol, Mr Javid is 48, a father of four and the son of a Pakistani bus driver whose family came to the UK in the 1960s.

He has been the MP for Bromsgrove since 2010 and came under pressure following the Grenfell Tower disaster, when he was housing and communities secretary.

The former business secretary also came under fire in April 2016, when hundreds of angry Tata Steel workers confronted him in Port Talbot.

His appointment at the Home Office is his fourth as a Secretary of State, having also previously been in charge at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Mr Javid supported the campaign to remain in the EU before the 2016 referendum, writing in the Telegraph at the time:

"I’m a Eurosceptic and proud of it. I think the Euro is a bad idea. I have no time for ever-closer union and I’ve long been a vocal critic of Brussels’ worst excesses.

"But, just like Bank of England Governor Mark Carney and IMF head Christine Lagarde, I still believe that Britain is better off in. And that’s all because of the Single Market.

"I can see why some people want to leave the EU. Arguments about national identity and sovereignty pack an emotional punch. But for anyone who cares about British jobs, it comes down to one key question.

"Do businesses want the benefits and security of continued access to the Single Market, or the instability and uncertainty of a lost decade?"

Soon after his appointment at the Home Office, however, he tweeted:

"British people gave politicians clear instructions through EU referendum. Includes leaving the Customs Union, an intrinsic part of the EU. Britain must leave CU and be able to negotiate & sign own trade deals."

The Home Secretary’s immediate tasks include dealing with the Windrush scandal.

James Brokenshire takes over from Mr Javid as Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.