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  • Asians take Top Jobs in Cameron’s New Cabinet

    Sajid Javid and Priti Patel have been promoted to Business Secretary and Employment Minister respectively in David Cameron’s new cabinet. DESIblitz reports.

    Asians take Top Jobs in UK’s New Cabinet

    "I would support the reintroduction of capital punishment to serve as a deterrence."

    Sajid Javid has been named the Business Secretary in David Cameron’s new Conservative government.

    The British Pakistani MP succeeds Liberal Democrat’s Vince Cable after the Conservatives won the UK General Election on May 8, 2015.

    Javid is well-linked in the business world, having worked for Chase Manhattan Bank in New York and served as senior Managing Director at Deutsche Bank AG.

    As the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport since 2014, he is also well-equipped to tackle political challenges in his new role.

    But the biggest area of concern for him will be university fees.

    While the Conservatives have promised to improve the quality of higher education and ‘deliver the best possible value for money to students’, the question remains of how this can be achieved.

    For Javid, it would seem the answer lies between either raising tuition fees from £9,000, or reducing the hefty charges so that more people can gain access to higher education.

    Asians take Top Jobs in UK’s New CabinetAnother tough decision he is expected to make will revolve around the role of international students.

    His predecessor, Cable, often called for a ‘warmer welcome’ to overseas students who contributed the majority of university funding every year.

    Cable’s supportive stance regularly put him head-to-head with Home Secretary, Theresa May, who had tightened student visa requirement to control immigration problems.

    Javid will have to assess whether overseas students should be de-classified as immigrants and excluded from the government’s immigration cap.

    Another British Asian MP has also been appointed in David Cameron’s all Conservative government.

    Priti Patel, the MP for Witham, replaces Esther McVey as the new Employment Minister. Patel was Treasury Minister in Cameron’s previous government.

    The long-standing member of the Conservatives Party strongly believes in the criminal system. She even expressed support for the death penalty in 2011.

    She said: “I would support the reintroduction of capital punishment to serve as a deterrence.

    “I do think we do not have enough deterrence in this country for criminals and let’s not forget, murders and rapists and criminals of that nature chose to commit the crimes they commit.”

    Here are the key roles in the new Conservative cabinet:

    Asians take Top Jobs in UK’s New CabinetFirst Secretary of State and Chancellor of the Exchequer
    George Osborne

    Home Secretary
    Theresa May

    Foreign Secretary
    Philip Hammond

    Defence Secretary
    Michael Fallon

    Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary
    Michael Gove

    Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House Of Commons
    Chris Grayling

    Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities
    Nicky Morgan

    Chief Whip
    Mark Harper

    Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
    Lady Tina Stowell

    Energy and Climate Change Secretary
    Amber Rudd

    Business Secretary
    Sajid Javid

    Minister for Employment
    Priti Patel

    Mayor of London
    Boris Johnson

    Deputy Chairman of the Conservative party
    Robert Halfon

    Culture Secretary
    John Whittingdale

    Minister for Small Business
    Anna Soubry

    Work and Pensions Secretary
    Iain Duncan Smith

    Transport Secretary
    Patrick McLoughlin

    Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
    Liz Truss

    International Development Secretary
    Justine Greening

    Northern Ireland Secretary
    Theresa Villiers

    Health Secretary
    Jeremy Hunt

    Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster & overall head of Cabinet Office
    Oliver Letwin

    Chief Secretary to the Treasury
    Greg Hands

    Minister for Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, Minister for Efficiency and Civil Service Reform
    Matt Hancock

    Secretary of State for Wales
    Stephen Crabb

    Secretary of State for Scotland
    David Mundell

    Communities and Local Government Secretary
    Greg Clark

    Pensions Minister
    Ros Altmann

    Javid and Patel’s promotions have been described as part of Cameron’s intentional move away from filling his cabinet with privately educated ministers.

    In fact, almost half the new cabinet ministers hold non-privileged educational backgrounds.

    We are yet to see whether this will help bring the Conservative government closer to giving the people what they need.

    In the meantime, more prominent British Asian representation in politics is always a welcome move among the community.

    DESIblitz congratulates Sajid Javid and Priti Patel on their new appointments!

    Scarlett is an avid writer and pianist. Originally from Hong Kong, egg tart is her cure for homesickness. She loves music and film, enjoys travelling and watching sports. Her motto is “Take a leap, chase your dream, eat more cream.”

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