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By Ricky Browne

Sajid Javid, the former Home Secretary and the former chancellor of the exchequer is now the new Health Minister, following the sudden resignation of Matt Hancock over his inability to follow his own Covid protocols.

It is believed that he will move to get the country back to normal quicker than the former minister … and he has said as much, stating that there would be no new lockdowns in the future.

Making his first address to parliament as Health Minister at 5:00  today, Javid said:

“My task is to help return the economic and cultural life that makes this country so great.

Sajid Javid addresses the House of Commons for the first time as Health Secretary Photo: UK Parliament

But he warned about the Delta variant compared to the Alpha variant – but noted that vaccinations were working.

“Vaccine uptake remains sky high” he said, noting that his three adult children had now taken their first vaccines.

“We can not eliminate it, we have to learn to live with it” he said.

“Every step should be irreversible,” Javid said. “The restrictions on our freedoms must come to an end”

“With the numbers heading in the right direction… July 19th remains our target date”.

TWITTER

Javid announced his new appointment on Twitter.

“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,” Javid tweeted.

His tweet got 18,000 likes and 4,000 comments.

Javid has tweeted 9.785 times and has 223,900 followers, while he himself is following 998 people.

Matt Hancock in a frame from his resignation video

When it comes to Twitter, Matt Hancock is some way ahead. Hancock has tweeted 21,500 times and has 436,000 followers, while he himself follows 1,260 people.

On the day of his resignation, Hancock tweeted his letter of resignation and the simple statement “I have resigned as Health Secretary”. The tweet got 7,300 likes and 5,200 comments.

After that he posted a video explaining why he had resigned. That video was viewed more than 5.5 million times and was liked 24,000 times, receiving 20,300 comments.

But while many people are pleased to see the back of Haycock, who many blame for the more than 130,000 Covid-19 deaths that the UK has suffered since March last year, not everyone is happy that Javid has been chosen as his replacement.

Leader of the Opposition Keir Starmer

One of the first to comment was Leader of the Opposition Keir Starmer who tweeted: “Matt Hancock is right to resign. But Boris Johnson should have sacked him.”

The tweet got 54,300 likes and 4,800 comments.

In case people hadn’t got the message, on Sunday he tweeted a video of himself saying the same thing, along with the tweet: “Matt Hancock wasted taxpayers’ money, left our care homes exposed and broke his own Covid rules. Boris Johnson should have sacked him.”

The video got 234,400 views and earned 7,835 likes while getting 1,200 comments.

Jeremy Corbyn, as former Leader of the Opposition and leader of the Labour Party had some advice for the new Health Secretary.

“My message to Sajid Javid today : Remember you are now the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care – not the minister for selling off our NHS or gifting contracts to your mates in banking and finance”, Corbyn tweeted.

After one hour the tweet had got 22,800 likes and almost 500 comments.

Javid’s appointment also got comment from another MP with Indian descent.

Labour MP Zarah Sultana Photo:Huck/Tim Cochrane

“The new Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, earns £150k as an advisor to US bank JP Morgan. JP Morgan say they “see the opportunities that lie ahead” for private healthcare. The ultimate “opportunity” for private healthcare is NHS privatisation. The NHS isn’t safe with the Tories,” tweeted Zarah Sultana MP.

Her tweet got 19,600 likes and 557 comments.

Many people have tweeted about the developments in the Ministry of Health. But not everyone. Up to today, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has not tweeted about the whole affair or about his new Minister of Health.

WHO IS SAJID JAVID?

“Sajid is the proud British-born son of immigrants. After attending local state schools, he went on to read Economics and Politics at Exeter University,” according to his own LinkedIn profile.

The profile gives quite a lot of information on Javid, and his background in politics and banking.

Javid got his first degree from the University of Exeter

“Before being elected to Parliament in 2010, he worked in business and finance in London, New York and Singapore for 18 years. Aged 25, he became a Vice President at Chase Manhattan Bank. He later moved to Deutsche Bank in London to help build its business in emerging market countries. Sajid left Deutsche Bank as a senior Managing Director in the summer of 2009 to give something back through public service,” the profile says.

“Sajid has held several positions in the UK government, including two Great Offices of State, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Home Secretary. He was the first of the 2010 parliamentary intake to join the Cabinet in 2014, and also the first ethnic-minority MP to become a Secretary of State in UK history. He is a member of Her Majesty’s Privy Council.

“He is also a Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, a Senior Advisor to JPMorgan and on the Advisory Board of C3.ai, Inc.

“Sajid is married to Laura and they are proud parents of four children.”

Sajid Javid with his wife, Laura, whom he met on a work placemen Photo: EDWARD LLOYD/ALPHA PRESS

Javid has been a member of the advisory board of C3.ai since November 2020, but it appears that he is no longer in that position as there is now an end date on that period – June 2021. Ditto for her position as an advisor for J.P. Morgan – a role which he started in August 2020, and now has June 2021 as the end date.

He was the Chancellor of the Exchequer for eight months from July 2019 to February 2020. Prior to that he was the Home Secretary from April 2018 to July 2019.

Before starting in government in October 2011 as the the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne in October 2011, he worked at Deutsche bank for nine years, rising to the position of executive board member of DB International (Asia) ltd. During his time at Deutsche he was also based for two years in Singapore as the Head of Global Credit Trading, Commodities and Principal Finance.

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