With the majority of cabinet positions being held onto by the likes of George Osborne, Theresa May, Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Fallon, the loss of Vince Cable when the Liberal Democrat MP failed to win back his seat – and lack of need for a coalition partners – freed up the position of business secretary.Cable had served in the role since the Conservative and Liberal Democrat alliance came to be in 2010. Last week, Real Business looked back on his achievements in the position and asked whether the cabinet would be a weaker place without him. It is so far unclear where Cable’s deputy Matthew Hancock will be placed, although rumours from the FT suggest that he may be given a role in the Department for Energy and Climate Change.
Javid has been an MP since 2010, when he was elected in the Bromsgrove constituency, and previously served as economic secretary between 2012 and 2013 before moving to the post of financial secretary to the treasury between 2013 and 2014. The University of Exeter-educated politician was, alongside Rehman Chishti, the first British Pakistani Conservative MP. He then became the first British Pakistani MP to lead a government department when made secretary of state for culture, media and sport in March 2014. Read more about the general election 2015:
Sajid Javid has been appointed as the Secretary of State for Business.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) May 11, 2015
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