SAJID JAVID has released a campaign video setting out his credentials for prime minister — but he risked being overshadowed by his dog Bailey.
The home secretary’s film focuses on his heritage and business background, charting his rise to the top after growing up in poverty in a tiny flat above the clothes shop run by his immigrant parents.
The video begins at home with wife Laura and the couple’s four children, aged 19, 17, 15 and ten. Mr Javid makes the family Marmite on toast while Bailey, a Cavapoo, plays with a ball in the kitchen.
The Bromsgrove MP, 49, then travels to Bristol, where he lived as a child, and stands outside the flat above his parents’ shop, which is now a dry cleaners. Until he was 16 he shared a bedroom with a brother and his parents. His three brothers slept in the other room.
Mr Javid, 49, also talks about facing racism, being written off at school by teachers who told him ‘boys like me don’t do maths’ and how he went to university and built a successful career in banking before entering politics in 2010. ‘I want to give back to the country that’s given me so many opportunities,’ says Mr Javid.