SAJID Javid today pledged to help poor Brits rise up like he did as he launched his Tory leadership campaign.
In an emotional video the would-be PM revisited the areas he grew up in and recalled his modest upbringing.
Sajid Javid has vowed to help poorer Brits climb up the ladder in his emotional leadership launch video
He insisted that more Brits should end up with the opportunities to improve themselves that he had as a young man.
Mr Javid was born in Rochdale to immigrant parents, before moving to Bristol as a young child.
In the campaign clip he paid tribute to his father, who moved to Britain from Pakistan in 1961 – and visited the family shop where he was raised.
The Home Secretary said: “I wanted to give back to the country that’s given me so many opportunities.
“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.”
Mr Javid named “public services, hard work and the encouragement and support of my family” as the three factors which helped him succeed as a banker and later as a politician.
He added: “I want people to take a fresh look at the Conservative Party, because if we’re going to win the next election we need to look like change.
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“I’m optimistic because I believe deeply in what this country is about. I want to seize the opportunity to be the next Prime Minister, because I believe I can deliver Brexit, I can unite the country.”
Mr Javid is trying to overtake Jeremy Hunt as the chief Remainer in the race for No10.
He has struck a tough line on Brexit, saying Britain should be prepared for No Deal – but also insists he can reach out to non-Conservative voters thanks to his unconventional background.
[boxout headline=”Timetable of Tory leadership election which will pick new PM”]June 7: Theresa May stood down as party leader but will continue as PM until her successor is elected
June 10: Nominations for the leadership closed with ten candidates entering the race
June 13: First ballot of MPs, open 10am-12pm; any candidate with fewer than 13 votes eliminated
June 18: Second ballot (if needed), open 3pm-5pm; any candidate with fewer than 33 votes eliminated
June 19: Third ballot (if needed), open 3pm-5pm; candidate with fewest votes eliminated
June 20: Fourth ballot (if needed), open 10am-12pm; candidate with fewest votes eliminated – any further ballots needed will also take place on this day
June 22: Second stage begins where votes shift from MPs to party activists who will choose between final two candidates
July 22: Result announced this week, in time for Commons recess to begin
Mr Javid pointed to his own background as a reason for making his PM
The would-be PM posed with his family
He paid an emotional tribute to his dad, a bus driver from Pakistan
Mr Javid described his youth as a banker
Mr Javid pictured greeting his mother
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