“Sajid Javid is one of the most right-wing, anti-immigration politicians in the Conservative Party,” one expert said. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)
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British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed a former banker of South Asian origin as interior minister Monday, trying to draw a line under an immigration scandal threatening her authority as she negotiates Brexit.Javid, the first lawmaker from Britain's black, Asian and minority ethnic community to become interior minister, tried before his appointment to address public anger over the scandal by saying his own family could have been caught up in it.May will hope Javid's appointment deflects public anger over a problem the opposition Labour Party says is at least partly her fault because she spent six years as home secretary.Javid will now take Rudd's place on May's Brexit committee, a Cabinet subgrouping balanced between those who supported staying in the EU and those who wanted to leave.May was the longest-serving home secretary in decades before becoming prime minister, and some opposition figures have accused her of drawing up overly harsh immigration policies.May will hope Javid, known for a passion for detail when business minister, can end continual criticism of the ministry.
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