BRITISH home secretary Sajid Javid on Tuesday (11) launched his campaign video, and it focuses on his heritage and business background.
The video features his wife, children, and mum and it shows him returning to his childhood home in Bristol.
Sharing the video on Twitter, Javid wrote that he joined politics to give back to the country that has given him many opportunities.
I got into politics because I wanted to give back to our country, which has given me so many opportunities. I’m proud to be able to share my story with you. Check out my campaign video and join me at https://t.co/idVRwMVc79 pic.twitter.com/L7cypOHNmA
— Sajid Javid (@sajidjavid) June 11, 2019
In the video, the 49-year-old former banker says he’s hopeful of convincing voters to take a “fresh look” at the Conservative Party, and promises to deliver Brexit.
“I want to seize the opportunity to be the next prime minister because I believe I can deliver Brexit. I can unite the country. I know better days lie ahead.”
Javid’s father Abdul came to the Britain from Pakistan in 1961 with just £1 in his pocket. He became a bus driver, and then later started a business. Javid’s family lived in Rochdale before moving to Bristol, where he attended Downend School before going on to study politics and economics at Exeter University.
Javid’s campaign video shows him standing outside the flat above his parents’ shop, which is now a dry cleaners.
Talking about his school days, Javid said he was written off because teachers told him “boys like me don’t do maths.” But he went on to university and built a successful career as a banker before entering politics in 2010.
“I wanted to give back to the country that’s given me so many opportunities,” says Javid in the two-minute clip.
He added: “I feel really privileged to have been given the experience and responsibilities in government that I’ve had. These are incredibly challenging times. The country feels very divided. We need leadership. We need someone who can help heal the country and bring people together.”