Thursday, April 10, 2014
Former Pakistani Driver's Son Appointed Culture Minister Of UK
British prime minister David Cameron has appointed former banker Sajid Javed as country's new culture secretary replacing Maria Miller who resigned earlier on Wednesday over an expenses scandal. Javed, considered a rising star in the Conservative party , has been working as financial secretary to the Treasury since last year. BBC news noted that he is the first Asian male Conservative cabinet member. In his new post, Javed will be responsible for policy on broadcasting, culture, tourism, sports, media, telecom and arts. His appointment has been praised by Conservative MPs- George Freeman describing him as, " a new model Conservative for our times who has done a great work at Treasury." Javed's father Abdul, a bus driver, came to the UK from Pakistan in 1961, reportedly just one pound in his pocket. He settled in Rochdale, where Sajid Javid took birth in 1969. After graduating from university, Javid worked for Chase Manhattan Bank and Deutsche Bank before starting his career in politics. He was elected as member of parliament in 2010.