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Sajid Javaid: Son of a Bus Driver and First British Home Secretary of Pakistani Origins

Sajid Javid’s meteoric rise from the son of an immigrant bus driver to the top of politics continued today as he became the first member of an ethnic minority to hold a Great Office of State.

The new Home Secretary, 48, admitted he had not yet phoned his mum to tell her about his new job.

But arriving at Marsham Street for the first time he told waiting reporters his family would be ‘very proud’ of his achievements.

Hours before he took the job Mr Javid, whose parents came to Britain from Pakistan in the 1960s, had appeared to audition for his new post yesterday.

He said he had been ‘impacted’ by the scandal, insisting as the child of immigrants he felt ‘that could be my mum … it could be my dad … it could be my uncle … it could be me.’

And after getting the post, the multi-millionaire former banker, a married father of four, said today: ‘My parents came to our great country in the 60s,’ he said.

‘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 will be very proud.

“But I haven’t called my mum yet but I will do later.”

The new Home Secretary first entered politics in 2010 as the MP for Bromsgrove, leaving a lucrative career in banking. He lives with his wife Laura and their four children in Fulham.

Despite his rapid rise through the political ranks, Mr Javid has fiercely guarded time with his three daughters and one son.

Aides told BuzzFeed in 2015 how he often arrived on Monday morning bursting with stories from the weekend – memorably recalling a heroic rescue of the family hamster by placing foil strips around the house and staying up all night listening for rustling.

Mr Javid will also have even more to discuss with his brothers at the next family gathering.

Bas Javid is a Chief Superintendent in West Midlands Police and the commander of the Solihull police division.

Atif Javid has more interest in Mr Javid’s old brief: he is a property investor and developer in Bristol.

The new Home Secretary first entered politics in 2010 as the MP for Bromsgrove. He lives with his wife Laura (pictured together last year) and their four children in Fulham
With his wife Laura
A son of a bus driver, the new Home Secretary (pictured at Tory conference last year) has said he is from Muslim heritage but that he does not practice any faith
Javaid at 12
 A son of a bus driver, the new Home Secretary (pictured left at Tory conference last year and right as a school boy) has said he is from Muslim heritage but that he does not practice any faith
Mr Javid (pictured arriving at the Home Office today) faces a packed in-tray of dealing with the Windrush debacle and drawing up a post-Brexit immigration policy 

 Mr Javid (pictured arriving at the Home Office today) faces a packed in-tray of dealing with the Windrush debacle and drawing up a post-Brexit immigration policy 

In what many saw as an ambition for the new post, he admitted at the weekend his family background made him ‘really concerned’ about the Windrush scandal.

He told the Sunday Telegraph: ‘It immediately impacted me. I’m a ­second-generation migrant. My parents came to this country from Pakistan, just like the Windrush generation.

‘They came to this country after the Second World War to help rebuild it, they came from Commonwealth countries, they were asked to come in to [do] work that some people would describe as unattractive – my dad worked in a cotton mill, he worked as a bus driver.

‘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.’

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Ahead of his first election to Parliament, he told a hustings his family’s heritage was Muslim but that he did not practice any faith – adding ‘we should recognise that Christianity is the religion of our country’.

He was installed in David Cameron’s Government in just over two years as junior Treasury minister, enjoying a rapid promotion to City Minister in October 2013.

Mr Javid was promoted to the Cabinet in April 2014 when Mr Cameron made him Culture Secretary. He rose again to Business Secretary after the 2015 election.

After his promotion to the Cabinet, Mr Javid struck a tough tone on immigration.

He told the Telegraph in 2014: ‘People want Britain to have more control over its borders, and I think they are right.

‘People also say, when immigrants do come to Britain, that they should come to work, and make a contribution and that they should also respect our way of life, and I agree with all of that.

‘It means things like trying to learn English.’

Mr Javid is said to guard time with his family including wife Laura (pictured together at a Tory fundraising ball in February) closely since first joining the Cabinet 

 The Javids have been regularly spotted during the new Home Secretary’s rapid rise (including at Tory conference in October 2016, left, and a fundraiser in February 2016, right)
Mr Javid (pictured meeting the Queen in 2015) has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the ranks, becoming the first of new MPs elected in 2010 to reach the Cabinet 

 Mr Javid (pictured meeting the Queen in 2015) has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the ranks, becoming the first of new MPs elected in 2010 to reach the Cabinet 
As Business Secretary, Mr Javid was a major player in the Cameron Government's push to build ties with China (he is pictured in 2015 signing an agreement with his counterpart and President Xi) 

As Business Secretary, Mr Javid was a major player in the Cameron Government’s push to build ties with China (he is pictured in 2015 signing an agreement with his counterpart and President Xi) 

A reluctant Remainer, Mr Javid toed Mr Cameron’s line at the EU referendum – warning a Brexit vote would mean a lost decade for British business.

After the vote was declared, he embraced the result and has been a strong supporter of Theresa May’s Brexit strategy – despite the pair clashing in the past.

The arrival of Mrs May in Downing Street saw Mr Javid tasked with overhauling Britain’s housing sector as Communities Secretary.

A post-election reshuffle saw his post expanded into a Housing Ministry.

Before entering politics, Mr Javid worked in banking in London, New York and Singapore.

He rose to join Deutsche Bank’s board after running the bank’s credit trading, equity convertibles, commodities and private equity businesses in Asia – earning an estimated £3million a year.

Mr Javid (pictured campaigning with Zac Goldsmith in 2016), whose parents came to Britain from Pakistan in the 1960s, had appeared to audition for his new post yesterday

 Mr Javid (pictured campaigning with Zac Goldsmith in 2016), whose parents came to Britain from Pakistan in the 1960s, had appeared to audition for his new post yesterday
The minister (pictured with Patrick McLoughlin, left, and Andrew Feldman, right, in 2015)  a married father of four, said was 'really concerned' when he heard the accounts of those caught up in the fiasco emerge.

The minister (pictured with Patrick McLoughlin, left, and Andrew Feldman, right, in 2015)  a married father of four, said was ‘really concerned’ when he heard the accounts of those caught up in the fiasco emerge.

Speaking to yesterday’s Sunday Telegraph, Mr Javid appeared to audition for his new job with an emotional plea to his own party on the Windrush scandal.

He said: ‘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 from Pakistan, just like the Windrush generation.

‘They came to this country after the Second World War to help rebuild it, they came from Commonwealth countries, they were asked to come in to [do] work that some people would describe as unattractive – my dad worked in a cotton mill, he worked as a bus driver.

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