0523 GMT November 22, 2019
Sajid Javid, the son of immigrants from Pakistan, replaces Amber Rudd, who quit as home secretary after acknowledging she had “inadvertently misled” parliament by denying the government had targets for the number of illegal migrants Britain deports, Reuters reported.
British ministers have struggled for two weeks to explain why some descendants of the so-called “Windrush generation”, invited to Britain from its former colonies to plug labor shortfalls between 1948 and 1971, were denied basic rights.
Javid, the first lawmaker from Britain’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic community to become home secretary, tried before his appointment to address public anger over the scandal by saying his own family could have been caught up in it.
Out campaigning on Monday, May defended the government’s use of targets to tackle illegal immigration and declined to answer directly when asked whether she should take the blame for what opposition members of parliament call a toxic culture at the Home Office.
While aimed at ending the scandal, Javid’s appointment could also change the balance of May’s top team in negotiating Britain’s departure from the European Union in March 2019.
Rudd was one of the most outspokenly pro-European members of May’s cabinet. Javid was a lukewarm campaigner to stay in the bloc and has said the referendum result in 2016 meant that “in some ways, we’re all Brexiteers now”.