British Prime Minister Theresa May has named Sajid Javid as the new Home Secretary, replacing Amber Rudd. He’s the first Asian to hold such a high government position.
Javid, 48, was promoted from the position of Communities Secretary after scandals over the Windrush generation and deportation targets. Addressing the Windrush scandal is his “most urgent task”, he said.
He added that he wants people caught up in the controversy to be treated with the “decency and fairness they deserve”.
Speaking not long after being appointed, he said he wanted an immigration policy that was “fair” and that “treats people with respect and with decency”.
Ms Rudd resigned late last night after admitting “inadvertently” misleading a committee of MPs about Home Office targets for forced removals.
Her Cabinet departure is the fifth since last year’s snap General Election. Mr Javid has spoken out passionately on the Windrush issue, telling The Sunday Telegraph that he or his family could have suffered because of the scandal.
“It could have been me, my mum or my dad,” he said. Mr Javid was born in Rochdale, Lancashire, to parents of Pakistani descent.
His father worked as a bus driver. Later, after moving to Bristol, he attended a state comprehensive school and Exeter University.
Before going into politics he worked in banking.
Asked about being the first person from a his background to hold one of the great offices of state, he said: “My parents came to our great country in the 60s – they came from Pakistan to help build this country. “I think for them to see one of their sons rise to this great office of state – I’m sure they’ll be very proud.”
The MP for Bromsgrove served previously as a treasury minister and equalities minister. He also headed up the culture and business departments, and is now firmly entrenched in clearing up the fallout from the Grenfell Tower fire.
He backed remaining in the EU. Former Northern Ireland Secretary and immigration minister James Brokenshire is the new Communities Secretary. Mr Brokenshire stepped down from the cabinet in January after being diagnosed with lung cancer.
In addition to dealing with the fallout from the Windrush scandal, Mr Javid will have to address concerns about increasing gun and knife crime in England and WalesHe will also need to finalise the Government’s refreshed counter-terrorism strategy – expected in the coming weeks. The official threat level remains at severe, meaning an attack is “highly likely”.