Sajid Javid
Sajid Javid has been appointed the new Culture Secretary after the departure of Maria Miller Reuters

Sajid Javid has been named by David Cameron as the new Secretary of State for Culture, Media, Sport and Equalities.

The Bromsgrove MP replaced the outgoing Maria Miller, who after days of mounting pressure resigned from the post after her expenses claims on a second home became a "distraction" for the government.

Recognised as a rising star among party ranks, since being elected in 2010 Javid had been serving as a financial secretary at the Treasury before his promotion and had also appeared on the public accounts committee as well as the work and pensions committee.

An investment banker by trade, pro-European Union Javid turned his back on the lucrative world of finance to enter politics and becomes the highest profile Muslim MP.

Son of a bus driver

Javid was born in Rochdale in December 1969 as one of five sons to a British-Pakistani bus driver father.

He was educated at state comprehensive school Downend School, in Bristol, from 1981 to 1986, after his family moved to the notorious Stapleton Road - dubbed Britain's most dangerous road because of violent crime.

Javid studied economics and politics at Exeter University before embarking on a career in finance and by the age of 25 became the youngest-ever vice-president of Chase Manhattan bank.

Inspired by Margaret Thatcher, Javid became a Conservative Party member in 1988 but told the Evening Standard he campaigned against her decision to join the European Exchange Rate Mechanism.

He was later headhunted by Deutsche Bank in London and relocated to Singapore in 2007 but left the German bank to pursue a career in politics.

His website says he has been engaged in community work his entire adult life, including "raising £710,000 in a single event for the Disasters Emergency Committee and leading a charity expedition to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro for Help the Aged".

Javid met wife Laura, with whom he has four children, when he was 18 and they were students.

Voting history - loyal MP

According to, Javid hardly ever rebels against the Conservative party line.

Policies Javid has disagreed with include a bankers bonus tax, welfare benefits rising with inflation and greater benefits for the ill and disabled.

Some of the major issues he has backed include raising England's undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year, increasing the rate of VAT and greater European Union integration.