Conservative Party members found David Cameron’s recent reshuffle disappointing.
A few more women have been appointed or promoted. Smokers will be interested to know that the Department of Health’s Anna Soubry has been transferred laterally to Defence; it will be interesting to see what her successor is like.
Reshuffles aren’t that interesting to most of us, because we don’t really know the players. However, another MP to watch — along with Adam Afriyie — is Sajid Javid, the MP for Bromsgrove (Worcestershire), who is now Financial Secretary to the Treasury.
Previously Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Javid is another MP who had a blindingly successful career prior to entering politics.
He also ticks a number of Conservative boxes with connections to the North, the West and the City. He is a Muslim married to a Christian who says that Christianity is the religion of his household.
On paper, Javid is the sort of person whom Labour might have written off in his childhood. His father was a bus driver. Javid was born in Rochdale. The family moved to Bristol and lived in Stapleton Road, which was ‘Britain’s most dangerous street’ because of shootings and other drug-related crime. He attended a local comprehensive.
Javid went on to read Economics and Politics at Exeter. He attended his first party conference when he was 20, opposing Britain’s entry into the ERM.
Politics took a back seat to a career in banking which took him to South America and Singapore. At the age of 25, he became Chase Manhattan’s youngest vice president. He joined Deutsche Bank as a director in 2000. Whilst there, he was the Global Head of Emerging Markets Structuring. He then moved to Singapore where he worked in a variety of positions including credit trading, equity convertibles, commodities and private equity businesses in Asia. Before he resigned from Deutsche Bank, he was a board member of Deutsche Bank International Limited.
In 2009, Javid left Deutsche Bank to pursue a career in politics. In 2010, he succeeded Julie Kirkbride as MP for Bromsgrove. He and his wife Laura have four children. Javid has also been active in local education and led an expedition to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of Help The Aged.
This is the type of MP of which we need more. Javid and Afriyie are determined MPs which the Tories need in order to competently oppose Labour.
Javid, in particular, has been described as ‘a safe pair of hands’ in the Treasury. I hope we hear more from him within the next year.