Conservative MP Sajid Javid has been announced as the UK’s new culture secretary, replacing Maria Miller who resigned yesterday. Javid moves from his position as financial secretary to the Treasury to take up the new role.

The 44-year-old MP for Bromsgrove, who joined parliament in 2010, has also been appointed equalities minister. His full official job title is Secretary of State for Culture, Media, Sport and Equalities.

Prior to becoming an MP, Javid worked in banking and is a former director at Deutsche Bank. At 24, he became the youngest vice-president of Chase Manhattan Bank. A graduate of Exeter University, Javid becomes the first British Asian male member of the cabinet.

Speaking to BBC Hereford and Worcester after his appointment, he said he was “thrilled and surprised” to be promoted, but that due to Maria Miller’s resignation it wasn’t the best circumstances to get a new job.

He added: “I didn’t expect to have this kind of opportunity to serve the country at this level so soon, but I take it as a huge privilege.”