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SAJID Javid has quit the Cabinet in his role as Health Secretary.

He previously served as Home Secretary and Chancellor before replacing Matt Hancock in June 2021.

3 Sajid Javid replaced Matt Hancock as the new Health Secretary in June 2021Credit: Reuters What's his background?

Sajid Javid, 52, has been the Conservative MP for Bromsgrove since 2010.

On April 30, 2018, he was appointed Home Secretary after Amber Rudd was forced to quit in the wake of the Windrush scandal.

He was the first person from an ethnic minority to hold one of the top four positions in government (the others being Prime Minister, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Foreign Secretary).

On June 26, 2021, Mr Javid was revealed as Matt Hancock's replacement after the Health Secretary's affair with Gina Caladangelo forced him to quit, Downing Street announced.

Sajid was born in Rochdale, Lancs, as one of five sons.

His mother and bus driver father had moved here from Pakistan in the 1960s.

The family moved to Bristol, where Sajid went to a state comprehensive before studying economics and politics at the University of Exeter.

Sajid is said to have been a keen Thatcherite since he was a teenager and still has the Iron Lady's portrait on his wall.

3 Sajid was interested in free-market Thatcherism as a young lad in BristolCredit: Renewal

After university, where he joined the Conservative party, Sajid worked as a banker in New York, London and Singapore.

He was said to be earning £3million a year as a director of Deutsche Bank when he quit in 2009 to pursue a career in politics.

After being elected to Parliament he quickly became a junior Treasury minister in David Cameron's government.

He has also served as Equalities Minister, Culture Secretary and Business Secretary.

In 2016 the MP launched a "joint ticket" Tory leadership bid with Stephen Crabb, hoping to become Chancellor with Crabb as PM.

Theresa May became leader and made him Communities, Local Government and Housing Secretary, in which post he was criticised for his response to the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Sajid and his wife Laura have four children.

He has received hate mail for marrying a non-Muslim even though he says he does not practise any religion.

3 Mr Javid with wife Laura at a black-tie awards do in 2014Credit: Alpha Press What did he say about becoming Health Secretary?

The former Chancellor said he was "honoured" to replace Matt Hancock as Health Secretary after the MP quit in disgrace over an affair with his aide.

Mr Javid tweeted: "Honoured to have been asked to serve as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care at this critical time.

"I look forward to contributing to our fight against the pandemic, and serving my country from the Cabinet once again."

Former health secretary Jeremy Hunt described Sajid Javid's appointment to the role as an "excellent choice".

On July 5, 2022 he stepped down as Health Secretary and demanded Boris also quit as PM.

In his resignation letter, he said: “The tone you set as a leader, and the values you represent, reflect on your colleagues, your party and ultimately the country.

“Conservatives at their best are seen as hard-headed decision makers guided by strong values. We may not always have been popular, but we have been competent in acting in the national interest.

“Sadly, in the current circumstances, the public are concluding that we are now neither.”


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Javid backed remaining in the European Union during Brexit and was a member of the Britain Stronger in Europe group.

He supported the single market, saying it was a "great invention, one that even Lady Thatcher campaigned enthusiastically to create."

However, as a student he opposed Britain joining the European Exchange Rate Mechanism.

Javid has maintained his position that politicians should respect the result of the referendum.

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Ron DeSantis is on a collision course with Trump as former president is besieged by legal problems

According to a report from the Guardian, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) is taking his show on the road and visiting five swing states as he mounts a low-key campaign to be the GOP presidential candidate in 2024.

As the Guardian's Adam Gabbatt wrote, this puts the rising star that is DeSantis on a "collision course" with Trump at a time when the former president is consumed with dealing with civil lawsuits and criminal investigations.

Noting that Trump reportedly now says he "hates" DeSantis, who he once championed, Gabbatt wrote, "The Florida governor – who must walk the tightrope of being both ally and rival of Trump – is hotly tipped to run for president, and this outwardly benevolent campaigning trip will further swell his profile," before adding, "Trump was key to getting DeSantis, who has been dubbed a 'mini-Trump', elected governor in 2018, but bad blood between the pair – particularly from Trump’s side – has been brewing for some time."

According to the report, while Trump is buffeted daily by bad news as multiple investigations lurch toward possible criminal indictments, Republican voters are seeing DeSantis as a more acceptable 2024 presidential candidate.

"DeSantis is seen by some conservatives as a more palatable, more electable, version of the original: still outspoken against the media or perceived foes when he wants to be, but less prone to explosions of temper, and with a less turbulent past. DeSantis has also not been impeached twice, and is not being investigated for inciting an insurrection, which could help win over wavering voters," Gabbatt explained before noting, "But DeSantis is just as extreme – perhaps more extreme – than Trump. As governor he has targeted minority groups, introducing legislation that seems designed to thrill the rightwing Republican base."

The report goes on to note that Trump has privately turned on the Florida Republican dating back to Jan 2022.

"Axios reported that behind the scenes, Trump would frequently criticize his former charge," the report states adding that a source close to Trump explained, "He says DeSantis has no personal charisma and has a dull personality."

Axios also "reported that Trump’s irritation stemmed from the fact that DeSantis has not ruled himself out of the running for the 2024 presidential election, should Trump himself run."

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