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Who is the real Sajid Javid? Politics Weekly podcast


For the next four weeks, as politicians take a break from parliament, we’ll be looking at some of the people who have had quite a remarkable year. How did they rise to the top? What makes them tick? And where might they go next?

In the first episode of our special summer series, Jessica Elgot looks back at Sajid Javid’s career. From resigning as chancellor of Boris Johnson’s government in early 2020 to recently becoming the new health secretary, what drives Sajid Javid?

To figure that out, Jessica Elgot speaks with Salma Shah, who was Javid’s special adviser when he was home secretary; the Conservative MP Robert Halfon, a longtime friend of Javid since they went to college together; and Katy Balls, the deputy political editor of the Spectator.



REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo,  June 27, 2021.  Britain's new Health Secretary Sajid Javid.

Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

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