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  • 09 April 2014 00:00
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Sajid Javid appointed new Culture Secretary following Maria Miller resignation

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Sajid Javid has been appointed as the new Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport following the resignation of Maria Miller.

Miller resigned from the top job at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) following a high-profile row over her expenses and Prime Minister David Cameron has moved swiftly to replace her by appointing Javid as the new Culture Secretary.

Javid, the 44-year-old MP for Bromsgrove, is promoted to Culture Secretary from his role as Financial Secretary to the Treasury.

The former banker has also been appointed Minister for Equalities as he becomes the senior figure in Governmentresponsible for creating a lasting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games; and for getting more people playing sport.

Following Miller’s resignation, the Prime Minster praised her directly in a letter for "ensuring a lasting legacy for the Olympic Games” and he will now be expecting Javid to continue Miller’s work in cementing the legacy of the Games.

Javid himself rose up the Government ranks as one of Chancellor George Osborne's chief asides as he served first as Economic Secretary to the Treasury from September 2012 to October 2013 before being promoted to Financial Secretary.   

The son of a bus driver, Javid previously worked for Chase Manhattan Bank in the America and became the youngest vice-president in bank's history at the age of 25. 

He was then headhunted by Deutsche Bank and reported to have made around £20 million during his time in the City.

Javid has been the MP for Bromsgrove since May 2010 and becomes the Coalition Government's first male Muslim Cabinet Minister.

Javid is replaced as Financial Secretary to the Treasury by Nicky Morgan, who steps up from her role as Economic Secretary to the Treasury.

Morgan will work with Javid in the DCMS as she has also been appointed Minister for Women in a role that will see her attend Cabinet.

Miller was previously the Minister for both Women and Equalities but following her resignation, the Prime Minister has decided to split the role into two with new Culture Secretary Javid taking the equalities portfolio and Morgan picking up the women portfolio.

The DCMS now has six Ministers in place with Culture Secretary Javid, Minister for Women Morgan, Minister for Sport Helen Grant, Minster for Culture Ed Vaizey and the two Women and Equalities Ministers Jo Swinson and Jenny Willott. 

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