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The Right Honourable

Sajid Javid

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Secretary of State for Culture,

Media and Sport
Assumed office

9 April 2014
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byMaria Miller
Minister for Equalities
Assumed office

9 April 2014
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byMaria Miller
Financial Secretary to the Treasury
In office

7 October 2013 – 9 April 2014
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byGreg Clark
Succeeded byNicky Morgan
Economic Secretary to the Treasury
In office

4 September 2012 – 7 October 2013
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byChloe Smith
Succeeded byNicky Morgan
Member of Parliament

for Bromsgrove
Assumed office

6 May 2010
Preceded byJulie Kirkbride
Majority11,308 (21.9%)
Personal details
Born(1969-12-05) 5 December 1969 (age 44)

Rochdale, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Laura Javid (1996–present)
Alma materUniversity of Exeter
WebsiteOfficial website
Sajid Javid PC MP (born 5 December 1969) is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bromsgrove since 2010 and the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Minister for Equalities since 2014.

Javid previously served as Economic Secretary from 2012 to 2013 and as the Financial Secretary to the Treasury from 2013 to 2014. Some commentators, including radio presenter Iain Dale, have stated that Javid has a chance of becoming Leader of the Conservative Party.


    Early life

    Javid was born in Rochdale, Lancashire, as one of five sons to a bus driver of British-Pakistani descent. His family then moved to Stapleton Road, Bristol.

    Javid was educated at Downend School, a state comprehensive school near Bristol, from 1981 to 1986, followed by Filton Technical College, also near Bristol, from 1986 to 1988, before the University of Exeter, Devon, from 1988 to 1991, where he studied economics and politics, and became a member of the Conservative Party. At age 20, Javid attended his first Conservative Party Conference and campaigned against the Thatcher government's decision in that year to join the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM), calling it a "fatal mistake".

    Javid joined Chase Manhattan Bank in New York immediately out of university, working mostly in South America. Aged 25, he became the youngest vice-president in the history of the bank. He returned to London in 1997, and later joined Deutsche Bank as a director in 2000. In 2004 he became a managing director at Deutsche Bank and, one year later, global head of Emerging Markets Structuring. In 2007 he relocated to Singapore as head of Deutsche Bank's credit trading, equity convertibles, commodities and private equity businesses in Asia, and was appointed a board member of Deutsche Bank International Limited. He left Deutsche Bank in 2009 to pursue a career in politics. His earnings at Deutsche Bank would have been roughly £3m a year at the time he left.

    Javid is a trustee of the London Early Years Foundation, was a governor of Normand Croft Community School, and has led an expedition to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, to show his support of Help The Aged.

    Political career

    Member of Parliament

    On 28 May 2009, the serving MP for Bromsgrove, Julie Kirkbride, announced that she would be standing down at the following general election in light of the expenses scandal; Kirkbride had represented Bromsgrove since 1997. Her resignation was confirmed in December 2009, after she attempted to withdraw it.

    Javid (right) at the 2011 Conservative Party Conference
    After a selection contest held by the Bromsgrove Conservative Association on 6 February 2010, in which he received over 70% of the votes cast by its members, Javid was announced as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for the 2010 general election. In the election held on 6 May 2010, Javid received 22,558 votes, winning the seat by a majority of 11,308. In terms of number of votes, this was an increase on the previous majority of 10,080 at the previous general election. Along with Rehman Chishti, also elected in 2010, Javid became the first British Pakistani Conservative MP. According to former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, those MPs first elected in 2010 "are the best new MPs for over thirty years", and he identified Javid as one of six Conservative MPs that he believed "(had) already made an impact in the first term". Javid was also one of six new MPs profiled by the Financial Times, and was named the Newcomer of 2010 by the ConservativeHome website. In an analysis of the 2010 intake of MPs by Westminster consultancy firm Guide Public Affairs, Guide to the Next Prime Minister, published in August 2011, Javid ranked third, and was the top-scoring Conservative. In October 2012, Iain Dale in The Daily Telegraph newspaper included Javid in his list of "Top 100 most influential figures from the Right". Dale wrote: "His fast rise up the greasy pole into George Osborne's inner circle is not only proof of this man's ambition but also his talent." Nicholas Watt in The Guardian has also suggested that Javid could rise to the top.

    Javid was briefly a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee from June to November 2010, before relinquishing this position when he was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to John Hayes, then Minister of State for Further Education at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Javid was one of the first new MPs to become a Parliamentary Private Secretary. On 14 October 2011, as part of a small reshuffle prompted by the resignation of Liam Fox as Defence Secretary, Javid was promoted to become Parliamentary Private Secretary to Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne. He remained in this position until 4 September 2012, when he joined Osborne's ministerial team as Economic Secretary to the Treasury. He was later promoted to Financial Secretary to the Treasury on 7 October 2013. On 1 March 2014, Javid was widely criticised for comments accusing Labour Leader Ed Miliband of having some responsibility for the crisis in Crimea, alleging that there was “a direct link” between Miliband’s refusal to support military intervention in Syria and the subsequent Russian activity in Ukraine.


    On 9 April 2014, Prime Minister David Cameron appointed Javid to the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Minister for Equalities following the resignation of Maria Miller over her expenses. This made him the first MP to have been elected in 2010 to join the Cabinet, and the first British Pakistani MP to lead a Government Department. Shortly after his appointment, he was made a Privy Councillor.

    The public was right to judge Maria Miller for getting her expenses wrong and her resignation cannot be blamed on the media, Sajid Javid, the new culture secretary, has said. Javid defended media freedom and the right of the press to investigate wrongdoing by politicians and officials in his first appearance as culture secretary on BBC's Question Time. "The public were right to judge her on how she responded, there's absolutely nothing wrong with that," he said. "And the media … I don't think you can blame this on Leveson or the media or something. The media are a cornerstone of our democracy, their freedom is very important and if they want to investigate wrongdoing by politicians or any other public official they should do that and nothing should stop them from doing that."


    At a Conservative Friends of Israel lunch in 2012, Javid said "After the UK, [he would choose] Israel" for it offered him "the warm embrace of freedom and liberty."

    Private life

    Javid lives with his wife Laura and their four children. He has previously said that his family's heritage is Muslim, but that he does not practise any religion, although he believes that "we should recognise that Christianity is the religion of our country". Javid is a keen sportsman and played cricket in his youth.

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