London: Pakistani-origin MP Sajid Javid was today appointed as Britain’s new Home Secretary, hours after his predecessor Amber Rudd resigned after admitting that she had “inadvertently misled” Parliament over the existence of deportation targets for immigrants.
Javid, the son of a Pakistani bus driver whose family migrated to Britain in the 1960s, was promoted from his Cabinet post of Communities, Local Government and Housing minister.
The 48-year-old former investment banker becomes the first South Asian origin MP to hold the key portfolio in the UK Cabinet.
He is the Conservative party MP for Bromsgrove and has previously held business and culture portfolios in the UK government.
“The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of…Sajid Javid MP as secretary of state for the home department,” a Downing Street statement said.
His appointment is widely seen as a way for British Prime Minister Theresa May to curtail the backlash from the so-called Windrush scandal, which brought to light the unfair treatment of Commonwealth citizens from Jamaica over a lack of citizenship documentation.
“I was really concerned when I first started hearing and reading about some of the issues. It immediately impacted me. I’m a second-generation migrant. My parents came to this country… just like the Windrush generation,” Javid wrote in ‘The Sunday Telegraph’.
“When I heard about the Windrush issue I thought, That could be my mum it could be my dad it could be my uncle it could be me,” he added.
James Brokenshire, the former Northern Ireland secretary who stood down in January due to health reasons to have a tumour removed from his lung, has been moved into Javid’s old job as Housing, Communities and Local Government secretary. PTI