BROMSGROVE MP Sajid Javid has been knighted in the 2024 New Year’s Honours list.
Mr Javid, who was first elected to represent Bromsgrove in May 2010, will be standing down at next year’s general election.
During his political career, he has held some of the top cabinet jobs in the UK Government, including Chancellor of the Exchequer, Home Secretary and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.
The New Year’s Honours were officially announced late last night.
Mr Javid told the Standard: “Receiving this knighthood is a tremendous honour.
“The opportunity to serve the public is an immense privilege. To do that, and receive this honour, would have felt almost impossible to the boy living above the family shop in Bristol.
“It has been made possible because of the dedication of everyone I have worked with, the support of my family and the people of Bromsgrove District for electing me.
“With this new responsibility, I will continue to campaign on the issues and causes I care deeply about.”
Sajd Javid’s political career
After being elected for the Bromsgrove constituency, Mr Javid increased his majorities at the subsequent votes in 2015, 2017 and 2019.
Under David Cameron, he was made the Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport in April 2014 – a post he held until May 2015.
He left the role to become Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and President of the Board of Trade, remaining in that post until July 2016.
From July 2016 to April 2018, he was made the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government by then Prime Minister Theresa May.
Several top jobs
In April 2018 he took up the role of Home Secretary, staying in post until July 2019.
Under Boris Johnson he was made Chancellor of the Exchequer in July 2019 – the cabinet role many felt he was best-suited to with his banking background.
But in February 2020 because of controversial Government decisions, at the hands of Johnson and special advisor Dominic Cummings, where it was reported he was asked to ditch his team so another one chosen by Number 10 could be brought in, Mr Javid resigned without even having had chance to unveil a budget.
Then in June 2021 he took up the post of Secretary of State for Health and Social Care during the pandemic – arguably the biggest healthcare crisis facing the country in recent times.
He held that post for almost two-and-a-half years – until February 2022 – where he said he could no longer work under Johnson ‘in good conscience’.
It followed an apology from Johnson for appointing Chris Pincher to the role of Deputy Chief Whip after admitting it was a ‘mistake’ in light of complaints about previous misconduct.
A flurry of resignations followed and the domino effect ultimately led to Johnson himself resigning.