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UK's new home minister seen as potential PM

Mr Sajid Javid ignored teachers who dissuaded him from going to university, and while he could have gone to Oxford or Cambridge, he opted to study at Exeter University.
Mr Sajid Javid ignored teachers who dissuaded him from going to university, and while he could have gone to Oxford or Cambridge, he opted to study at Exeter University.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Bus driver's son is first Asian to hold a senior Cabinet post

When the British government provoked a public outcry with its refusal to recognise the residence rights of immigrants who had already been settled in Britain for decades, one junior minister broke with his duty of loyalty to his colleagues and tore into his government for its heartless behaviour.

"This could be my mum, my brother, my uncle - even me," said Mr Sajid Javid.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 21, 2018, with the headline 'UK's new home minister seen as potential PM'. Print Edition | Subscribe