Sajid Javid is new Home Secretary after Amber Rudd's resignation

Written by John Johnston on 30 April 2018 in News

Sajid Javid has been appointed as the new Home Secretary in the wake of the resignation of Amber Rudd

Sajit Javid: Picture credit - PA

Sajid Javid has been appointed as the new Home Secretary in the wake of the resignation of Amber Rudd, Downing Street has announced.

The former Communities Secretary - who this weekend issued an impassioned plea for Tory voters not to abandon the party over the Windrush scandal - has been appointed to the role following Rudd's resignation for "inadvertently" misleading MPs over the Home Office's use of deportation targets.

Rudd's decision to quit came just hours after it emerged she had told Theresa May she had "ambitious but deliverable" targets for removing illegal immigrants

In a statement Number 10 said: "The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP as Secretary of State for the Home Department."

Javid - who backed the Remain campaign, but has since said his "heart" was for Brexit and spoken out against customs union membership - will immediately be tasked with sorting out the Windrush scandal, ensuring that migrants are able to obtain their UK citizenship as well as establishing a compensation scheme for those who have been affected.

He has previously held the business and culture briefs.

James Brokenshire - who stepped back from his role as Northern Ireland secretary while he received treatment for cancer - will replace Javid at the Communities department, while International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt will take on the women and equalities brief vacated by Rudd.

Javid's appointment was applauded by his Conservative colleagues, with Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss praising him as "effective, no-nonsense and brave", while former minister Nick Boles said he was "proud to be a colleague" of the UK's first Home Secretary from a Muslim background.



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