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Sajid Javid mocks Labour’s Angela Rayner for repeatedly confusing him with London mayor Sadiq Khan


Sajid Javid mocked Labour’s Angela Rayner today after she repeatedly got his name wrong and confused him with London mayor Sadiq Khan.

The new Health Secretary called out the opposition deputy leader after she called him ‘Sadiq Javid’ in separate interviews following his appointment at the weekend. 

Although the two men are both the sons of bus drivers who came to the UK from Pakistan, their political views and personal careers are very different.

Mr Javid is a Conservative former banker who was born in Rochdale and raised in Bristol. Mr Khan is a former human rights lawyer and Labour moderate who was born and raised in Tooting, south London.

After the verbal slips were highlighted by the Guido Fawkes blog, Mr Javid tweeted: ‘I know we’re both sons of Pakistani bus drivers, but we’re different people. It’s Sajid JAVID & SADIQ Khan.’

Sajid Javid

Sadiq Khan

Spot the difference: Mr Javid (left) is a Conservative former banker who was born in Rochdale and raised in Bristol. Mr Khan (right) is a former human rights lawyer and Labour moderate who was born and raised in Tooting, south London.

The new Health Secretary called out the opposition deputy leader after she called him 'Sadiq Javid' in separate interviews following his appointment at the weekend.

The new Health Secretary called out the opposition deputy leader after she called him ‘Sadiq Javid’ in separate interviews following his appointment at the weekend.

After the verbal slips were highlighted by the Guido Fawkes blog, Mr Javid tweeted: 'I know we’re both sons of Pakistani bus drivers, but we’re different people. It’s Sajid JAVID & SADIQ Khan.'

After the verbal slips were highlighted by the Guido Fawkes blog, Mr Javid tweeted: ‘I know we’re both sons of Pakistani bus drivers, but we’re different people. It’s Sajid JAVID & SADIQ Khan.’

The two men have previously been supportive of each other. Mr Javid congratulated the Labour mayor after he won his first election in 2016.

And at the weekend Mr Khan returned the favour. Appearing on the BBC’s Marr show, he said: I’t’s always good to see this small club of children of bus drivers doing really, really well, and I wish him all the best.’

Mr Javid’s father arrived in England from Pakistan in the 1960s with just a pound in his pocket.

The future politician was born in Rochdale and raised in Bristol, went to a state school and studied economics and politics at Exeter University. 

 He was a vice president at the US bank Chase Manhattan at the age of 25 and later moved to Deutsche Bank, rising to senior managing director before he left in 2009. 

He left behind a career in finance and became MP for Bromsgrove in 2010.

The new Home Secretary first entered politics in 2010 as the MP for Bromsgrove. He lives with his wife Laura (pictured) and their four children in Fulham

The new Home Secretary first entered politics in 2010 as the MP for Bromsgrove. He lives with his wife Laura (pictured) and their four children in Fulham

He held roles in the Treasury from 2012 until he was made culture secretary in April 2014, later going on to become business secretary in May 2015 and housing secretary in July 2016.

After being made home secretary in April 2018, Mr Javid talked openly about how he experienced racism at an early age and ‘could have had a life of crime’ after growing up on ‘Britain’s most dangerous street’.

He was a tough-talking home secretary, whose hard stance on jihadi bride Shamima Begum’s pleas to be allowed back in the UK boosted his popularity among some Tories, but horrified others – particularly after Ms Begum’s newborn son later died in a Syrian refugee camp.

Mr Javid made it to the final four in the race to replace Theresa May as Tory leader in 2019, but dropped out and subsequently endorsed Boris Johnson, who later made him chancellor. 

He was forced out of No11 in a power struggle with Dominic Cummings in Fevruary 2020, but returned to the Cabinet at the weekend. 

He lives with his wife Laura and their four children in Fulham. 

Upbringing: The son of a bus driver Amanullah (far left) is proud of his life in South London (pictured in his mother’s arms) and is now the first Muslim Mayor of London

Lawyer Mr Khan wooed his fellow-lawyer wife Saadiya over Filet-O-Fish in a Croydon McDonalds and nights at a nearby cinema.

 Lawyer Mr Khan wooed his fellow-lawyer wife Saadiya over Filet-O-Fish in a Croydon McDonalds and nights at a nearby cinema.

Mr Khan is London’s first Muslim mayor, and has comfortably won back-to-back elections in 2016 and early this year.

Like Mr Javid his parents also came to the UK from Pakistan in the 1960s

However despite his heritage he suffered death threats after being elected from Islamists who hate him for being too liberal, especially because he voted for same-sex marriage when a Labour MP.

Photographs of his childhood show his family standing proudly outside their council home and another shows him waving a union flag and wearing a crown on the day of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 1977.

He is Labour’s first mayor in London since Ken Livingstone, who he used to help advise, but has fought to distance himself from Red Ken’s politics and also former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. He sees himself as a sees himself as a liberal left-winger.

Despite death threats from Islamists over his liberal views – including support for gay marriage -his family always observe Ramadan, including fasting, and he has made the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. 

Lawyer Mr Khan wooed his fellow-lawyer wife Saadiya over Filet-O-Fish in a Croydon McDonalds and nights at a nearby cinema. They married in 1994 and have two daughters.



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