SAJID JAVID, the newly-appointed home secretary, has previously spoken of the importance of the Irish community in Britain and it’s influence on other minority groups in the country.

Replacing Amber Rudd who resigned yesterday, Mr Javid held the position of communities secretary since July 2016.

Speaking at last November’s Irish Post Awards in London, Mr Javid praised the “active, positive role” of the Irish population in the UK.

He said: “Britain would not be the country it is today without its Irish population who continue to play an active, positive role in British life.”

Mr Javid paid tribute to the culture of the Irish community, describing it as a “shining example of how a community can be integrated, while still celebrating its heritage”.

Furthermore, he said that the Irish in Britain are “showing the way for every other minority group in this country”.

Born in Rochdale and raised in Bristol, the 48-year-old built a successful career in business and finance.

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Aged 25, he became a Vice President at Chase Manhattan Bank. He later moved to Deutsche Bank in London to help build its business in emerging market countries. He left Deutsche Bank as a Senior Managing Director in the summer of 2009.

In 2010, he was elected Member of Parliament for the Midlands town of Bromsgrove. As an MP, he was a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee from June to November 2010.

Mr Javid served as a minister at HM Treasury, both as Economic Secretary to the Treasury from September 2012 to October 2013 and Financial Secretary to the Treasury from October 2013 to April 2014. He served as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport from April 2014 to May 2015, and as Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills from May 2015 – July 2016

Since July 2016, he served as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and the Ministerial Champion for the Midlands Engine.

He is married to Laura Javid and they are parents of four children, Sophia, Rania, Maya and Suli.

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Article courtesy of Irish Post.

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