Pakistani-origin son of bus driver is UK home secretary now
Javid, 48, turns into the “first ethnic minority, first Pakistani-origin and the primary Muslim heritage” dwelling secretary.
Upon taking over the position, Javid promised to develop a “truthful immigration coverage” and assist the ‘Windrush era’ who’ve been unfairly threatened with deportation by the house workplace.
Javid, beforehand secretary of state for housing, communities and native authorities, changed Amber Rudd who on Sunday turned the fourth cupboard minister to resign prior to now six months over claims that she misled Parliament over whether or not she was conscious of deportation targets for unlawful immigrants.
The Windrush scandal erupted in the course of the Commonwealth Summit when issues about migrants, who got here to Britain as youngsters between 1948 and 1971 from Caribbean international locations, being threatened with deportation and denied entry to the Nationwide Well being Service (NHS) as a result of they haven’t finished the “proper paperwork”.
On Sunday, in an interview with the UK’s Sunday Telegraph, Javid stated his household might have been caught up within the Windrush saga. “I believed that could possibly be my mum… my dad… my uncle… it could possibly be me,” he stated.
“I am a second-generation migrant. My dad and mom got here to this nation from Pakistan, similar to the Windrush era. They got here to this nation after the Second World Struggle to assist rebuild it… They got here from Commonwealth international locations… They have been requested to come back in to [do] work that some individuals would describe as unattractive – my dad labored in a cotton mill, he labored as a bus driver.”
Javid was born in Rochdale, Lancashire as one of many 5 sons to Pakistani dad and mom, who have been born in pre-partition India and had fled to Pakistan after which emigrated to the UK within the 1960s.
The high-profile job, thought-about essentially the most prestigious position within the British cupboard, places Javid in command of nationwide safety, tackling of crime, together with the spike in knife crime in London, combating terrorism and extremism, and coping with unlawful immigration. Specifically, Javid might be in command of figuring out the UK’s post-Brexit immigration technique.
Though high-profile, the position is also referred to as the “graveyard of politicians” with many ministerial careers coming to an abrupt finish there.
Could is hoping that Javid’s promotion will draw a line below the Windrush saga earlier than native elections are held within the UK on Thursday, when the Conservatives concern dropping tons of of seats.