Sajid Javid compares his childhood to Margaret Thatcher’s

Home Secretary Sajid Javid compares his childhood to Margaret Thatcher’s, insisting he loved helping out in his parents’ shop just like the late Prime Minister

  • Mr Javid spoke about his father’s experience running a shop and a market stall 
  • Home Secretary also argued online retail giants must pay their fair share of tax 
  • Margaret Thatcher’s father owned two grocery shops in Grantham, Lincolnshire 

Sajid Javid compared his upbringing to Margaret Thatcher’s yesterday as he sought to boost his own leadership bid.

The Home Secretary also argued online retail giants must pay their fair share of tax to support threatened high street shops.

Painting himself as a champion of small businesses, Mr Javid spoke about his father’s experience running a shop and a market stall, and told how he would ‘rush home from school’ to help out.

Sajid Javid compared his upbringing to Margaret Thatcher’s yesterday as he sought to boost his own leadership bid

Humble beginnings:  Former prime minister Margaret Thatcher’s father owned two grocery shops in Grantham, Lincolnshire

Mr Javid, 49, told an audience at the Centre for Policy Studies think-tank: ‘My story and Margaret Thatcher’s story, that link to small business, is of course a story for countless people, millions of people throughout our country.’

The minister, whose father worked as a bus driver after coming to Britain from Pakistan, added: ‘What I haven’t said much is the reason that my dad was a bus driver was he wanted to get a job that could just give him enough savings so that he could do what was burning away in his heart – which was to start his own business.

‘He did manage to do that after a few years, when he started with market stalls, selling ladies’ clothing. 


Mr Javid, 49, told an audience at the Centre for Policy Studies think-tank: ‘My story and Margaret Thatcher’s story, that link to small business, is of course a story for countless people, millions of people throughout our country

‘And then he managed to buy a shop, which me and my mother and the whole family lived above.

‘I remember selling the blouses, the tights, the skirts… you could say I know more about ladies’ clothing than any other male MP.’

A new report by the Centre for Policy Studies found six in ten small company owners do not feel supported by the Government.

Responding to the study, Mr Javid said yesterday: ‘Whilst small businesses are paying their fair share of tax, they see tech businesses pay a piddling share of tax if anything at all. It’s not fair, it’s not right, and it’s not acceptable.’ 

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