Sajid Javid was appointed Home Secretary on 30 April 2018. He was Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government from 8 January 2018 to 29 April 2018, and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government from July 2016 to January 2018. Sajid served as Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills from May 2015 until July 2016.
He was Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport from April 2014 to May 2015 and previously he was both the Economic and Financial Secretary to the Treasury. He was a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee from June to November 2010. He was elected Conservative MP for Bromsgrove in 2010.
Before being elected MP, he worked in business and finance. Aged 25, he became a Vice President at Chase Manhattan Bank. He later moved to Deutsche Bank in London to help build its business in emerging market countries. Sajid left Deutsche Bank as a senior Managing Director in the summer of 2009 to give something back through politics.
Sajid Javid Full Biography and Profile
Born 5 December 1969 in Rochdale and raised in Bristol. His father, Abdul, arrived in Britain in 1961 with £1 in his pocket. He settled in Rochdale in the northwest of England, working first in a cotton mill and then as a bus driver. The family later moved to Bristol, a city in the southwest, where Javid and his four brothers shared a two-bedroom flat above the shop their parents had taken over.
Mr Javid spent his school years in Bristol after his parents took over a ladieswear shop there, with the family living in a two bed flat above it. He told the Daily Mail in 2014 that the school was tough and “I was naughty, more interested in watching Grange Hill than homework.” But, he said, things changed when his dad read the riot act. “He said ‘this is what I went through, don’t let me down’. I felt really bad. My academic work rocketed.” He said that his school did not want to pay for him to do maths O-Level – his dad ended paying for it instead.
The values of entrepreneurialism, self-reliance and education were drilled into Javid, a self-confessed “naughty” school boy. His mother would take her sons to the library on a Saturday morning and tell them to read the books, as they weren’t going anywhere else.
“That’s what got me into reading,” the home secretary told one interviewer. “It probably wasn’t the most positive way to do it. But there you go.”
Javid’s father — whose 24/7 work ethic earned him the nickname “Mr. Night and Day” — had little sympathy for the unions which dominated Britain in the 1970s and the strikes which frequently crippled the country.
“If these people want to get paid more why don’t they work harder,” he would tell his son. Like millions of other Labour-voting, working-class Britons, Abdul voted for Margaret Thatcher in 1979.
Javid acquired his father’s Thatcherite politics and adopted his heroine’s go-getting philosophy. At age 14, he arranged a £500 loan from Abdul’s bank manager to invest in the stock market and began reading the Financial Times. He dismissed his teachers’ suggestion he become a television repair man, and secured a place at Exeter University — the first member of his family to go to university.
At Exeter, he became close friends with Robert Halfon, an activist in the Union of Jewish Students and fellow leading light in the university Conservative association. Halfon later became political director of Conservative Friends of Israel and is now a senior Tory backbencher and vocal supporter of Israel in parliament.
Rejected for a job in the City of London — “let’s just say the [interview] panel made it pretty clear my face wasn’t going to fit in there,” he later recounted — Javid instead went to work for Chase Manhattan Bank in New York. By 25, he had become the bank’s youngest-ever vice president. He later joined the board of Deutsche Bank, where he made his millions.
Sajid Javid spent most of his formative years outside the M25. After attending a local state school, he went on to read Economics and Politics at Exeter University. Sajid became involved with politics whilst at school, an interest that continued at university.
He began his career in banking, and at the age of 24, becoming the youngest Vice President in the history of Chase Manhattan Bank. He then went on to work in banking where he helped raise investments for developing countries.
Sajid served as the Member of Parliament for Bromsgrove from 2010 until April 2017 and several positions in the last two governments.
- MP for Bromsgrove, 2010 –
- Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Sep 2012 – Oct 2013
- Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Oct 2013 – April 2014
- Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, April 2014 – May 2015
- Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, May 2015 – July 2016
- Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, July 2016 –
- Ministerial Champion for the Midlands Engine, July 2016 –
Sajid is an active local campaigner and has campaigned for fairer school funding, to upgrade the train station, improve road and transport services, better local NHS services for residents and create more growth and opportunities in the town.
Since becoming the MP for Bromsgrove, Sajid has held three annual Jobs Fairs and a Pensioners Fair. Unemployment has fallen by 55% and the creation of new businesses in Bromsgrove are at a record rate.
Sajid was re-elected as Bromsgrove MP for the third time on Thursday 8th June 2017.
Sajid is married to Laura and they are proud parents of four children.
- Sajid Javid Biography and Profile (Sajid Javid / Goodreadbiography)