The new home secretary, Sajid Javid, the first BAME holder of one of the great offices of state, will find an inbox brimming not just with the backlash over the Windrush scandal, but with arguments to come over policing cuts and rising knife crime as well as a difficult counter-terror climate.
Born in Rochdale in 1969, he is another Muslim son of a bus driver who has risen to the top of British politics. His parents were born in India, but fled to Pakistan while small children. His father arrived in Britain in the 1960s – Javid has said he came with £1 in his pocket.
The focus will be on how Javid responds to concerns about the ripple effects of the Home Office’s “hostile environment”, a policy that May has underlined in recent weeks that she sees no reason to halt, despite its devastating impact on Windrush-era migrants pursued unjustly for their paperwork.
It is an issue that is personal for Javid. In an article this weekend, he told the Sunday Telegraph:
“I thought that could be my mum … my dad … my uncle … it could be me.”
Javid went to a comprehensive school in Bristol before studying economics and politics at Exeter University.