Javid replaces Rudd as UK home secretary
Javid, the Rochdale-born son of a Pakistani bus driver, was promoted after scandals over the Windrush generation and deportation targets.
Javid has spoken out on the Windrush issue, telling the Sunday Telegraph that his family could have suffered. “It could have been me, my mum or my dad,” the minister said.
He has served previously as a treasury minister but appeared to be demoted to equalities minister.
Javid has led the culture and business departments and has been clearing up after the Grenfell fire disaster.
He backed remain in the 2016 EU referendum although he has not been a recent vocal champion for a softer Brexit, like Rudd.
Rudd resigned after “inadvertently misleading” MPs over targets for removing illegal immigrants.
She had been under pressure over what she knew about the deportation targets and had also faced intensifying calls for her handling of the Windrush scandal in which Commonwealth citizens who arrived after the Second World War were wrongly threatened with deportation.
Rudd’s resignation letter said she “inadvertently misled” a committee of MPs, adding: “Since appearing before the select committee, I have reviewed the advice I was given on this issue and become aware of information provided to my office which makes mention of targets.
“I should have been aware of this, and I take full responsibility for the fact that I was not.”
Prime Minister Theresa May said Rudd had answered parliamentary questions to the Home Affairs Select Committee “in good faith” and was “very sorry” to see Rudd leave.
The pressure increased after a leaked 2017 letter from Rudd to May said she intended to increase deportations by 10 per cent, at odds with her recent denials that she was aware of deportation targets.
Transport secretary Chris Grayling denied that May would have known about the targets when she was home secretary before becoming prime minister in 2016.
“You’re talking about operational targets, on the ground, in individual teams,” he told the BBC. “Ministers don’t see what’s happening in every corner of their department all the time.”
Former Northern Ireland secretary James Brokenshire has become housing, communities and local government chief.
Brokenshire, who resigned as Northern Ireland secretary in January to fight lung cancer, has since recovered.
He also voted to remain in the European Union.
Sajid Javid. Picture credit: Wikimedia