Who is new Health Secretary Sajid Javid?

SAJID Javid will replace Matt Hancock as Health Secretary after he was forced to quit over his affair with aide Gina Caladangelo.

Here is what you need to know about the former Home Secretary and son of Pakistani immigrants.

 Sajid Javid is replacing Matt Hancock as the new Health Secretary3

Sajid Javid is replacing Matt Hancock as the new Health SecretaryCredit: Reuters

What’s his background?

Sajid Javid, 51, has been the Conservative MP for Bromsgrove since 2010.

On April 30, 2018, he was appointed Home Secretary after Amber Rudd was forced to quit in the wake of the Windrush scandal.

He was the first person from an ethnic minority to hold one of the top four positions in government (the others being Prime Minister, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Foreign Secretary).

On June 26, 2021, Mr Javid was revealed as Matt Hancock’s replacement after the Health Secretary’s affair with Gina Caladangelo forced him to quit, Downing Street announced.

Sajid was born in Rochdale, Lancs, as one of five sons.

His mother and bus driver father had moved here from Pakistan in the 1960s.

The family moved to Bristol, where Sajid went to a state comprehensive before studying economics and politics at the University of Exeter.

Sajid is said to have been a keen Thatcherite since he was a teenager and still has the Iron Lady’s portrait on his wall.

 Sajid was interested in free-market Thatcherism as a young lad in Bristol3

Sajid was interested in free-market Thatcherism as a young lad in BristolCredit: Renewal

After uni, where he joined the Conservative party, Sajid worked as a banker in New York, London and Singapore.

He was said to be earning £3million a year as a director of Deutsche Bank when he quit in 2009 to pursue a career in politics.

After being elected to Parliament he quickly became a junior Treasury minister in David Cameron’s government.

He has also served as Equalities Minister, Culture Secretary and Business Secretary.

In 2016 the MP launched a “joint ticket” Tory leadership bid with Stephen Crabb, hoping to become Chancellor with Crabb as PM.

Theresa May became leader and made him Communities, Local Government and Housing Secretary, in which post he was criticised for his response to the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Sajid and his wife Laura have four children.

He has received hate mail for marrying a non-Muslim even though he says he does not practise any religion.

 Mr Javid with wife Laura at a black-tie awards do in 20143

Mr Javid with wife Laura at a black-tie awards do in 2014Credit: Alpha Press

Who is Sajid Javid’s brother Bas?

The Sun revealed how Mr Javid grew up on Britain’s most crime-ridden street, which led to his brother Bas Javid joining the police.

Bas is now a chief superintendent in the West Mids Police Force, and his brother drew on the copper’s 25 years of force experience in his first major speech.

Describing his shock at the abuse he saw hurled at his brother as he tried to work, Sajid said: “Over the years, I’ve heard what he has to say about policing.

“I know the tricky situations he’s been in. He’s been hurt more times than I want to know from being assaulted on duty.

“I’ve seen the impact the job has on his family life.”

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