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Sajid Javid becomes business secretary

Image: Foreign and Commonwealth Office [Open Government Licence], via Wikimedia Commons

Relative newcomer handed the helm at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Had David Cameron lost the election last week, Sajid Javid, the new business secretary, may well have been running as his successor. Regularly tipped over the past few months as a likely future Conservative leadership contender, in spite of only arriving in Parliament five years ago, Javid, 45, is seen as a talented economist and efficient operator, although reviews of his media performances are more mixed.

Born in Rochdale, the third of five sons of a bus driver and salesman who arrived from Pakistan in 1961, he moved at a young age to Bristol, where his parents opened a clothes shop. He was educated at local state schools and Filton Technical College, now part of South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.

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