Sunday, November 17, 2019

Sajid Javid is named as new Home Secretary

Sky News:-  The Prime Minister has named Sajid Javid as the new Home Secretary, replacing Amber Rudd.

Mr Javid, 48, was promoted from the position of Communities Secretary after scandals over the Windrush generation and deportation targets.

Theresa May’s spokesman said he had shown “drive, ambition and determination” in getting to grips with difficult subjects, and would need those skills in his new position.

Addressing the Windrush scandal is his “most urgent task”, Mr Javid 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.

Theresa May said Ms Rudd could look back on her time as Home Secretary “with pride”.

Asked whether she should be taking some personal responsibility over the issue of targets for the deportation of illegal migrants, the PM said the Government was “responding to the need that people see for a Government to deal with illegal immigration”.

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.

He was born in Rochdale, Lancashire, to parents of Pakistani descent. His father worked as a bus driver.

Later, after moving to the South West, he attended a state comprehensive school and Exeter University, working in banking before going into politics.

Asked about being the first person from a BAME 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 an article for Sky News, he wrote about being told he had a lesion on his right lung.

Penny Mordaunt remains International Development Secretary, but also becomes women and equalities minister – a role Ms Rudd held in addition to her former leadership of the Home Office.

The PM’s spokesman said no further ministerial changes were expected.

As well as dealing with the fallout from the Windrush scandal, Mr Javid will have to address concerns about increasing gun and knife crime in England and Wales.


  1. Yeah, put a visible minority face on it and BAM…the problem disappears SMH…

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