Sajid Javid appointed culture secretary to replace Maria Miller

- 9 April 2014

Sajid Javid in 2013 Photo:

Sajid Javid in 2013

Sajid Javid, whose career was in banking before becoming MP for Bromsgrove in 2010, has been appointed to replace Maria Miller as secretary of state for culture, media, and sport and as minister for equalities.

Born in 1969, Javid studied economics and politics at Exeter University, graduating in 1991. In the same year, he became an analyst at Chase Manhattan bank, and in 1993 worked as an aide to the successful New York mayoral campaign of Rudy Giuliani.

He worked as a partner at JP Morgan (1997-2009), and director and later managing director of Deutsche Bank (2000-2004, 2004-2009).

During his banking career he was an active party member and worked as an advisor to the Conservative shadow government in various roles from 1998 to 2007.

His parliamentary career has seen him serve at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Department for Education and at the Treasury as parliamentary private secretary to George Osborne, economic secretary to the treasury and financial secretary to the treasury.

He is the son of a bus driver and grew up in Rochdale and Bristol where he was educated at a state comprehensive. He has been tipped as a potential leader of the Conservative party.

Recent interventions in parliament have been on financial issues and his voting record is strongly in line with the coalition government, including support for increased university tuition fees and greater autonomy for schools (examine his voting record here). He is regarded as eurosceptic and Thatcherite.

Among few parliamentary statements involving culture, at the time of the Leveson Inquiry he described Maria Miller’s predecessor as culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, as ‘a man I know to be of the utmost integrity and honesty’ &#8210 on the same day that Telegraph columnist Iain Martin alleged he had once seen Hunt hiding behind a tree outside an event at which James Murdoch was speaking.

According to the Daily Mail he lives in Fulham and owns houses in Chelsea, Bristol and in his Bromsgrove constituency.

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