Indian-born Rishi Sunak has been appointed Britain's new finance minister. This follows the resignation of Sajid Javid from the Cabinet. Prime Minister Boris Johnson was given the most important role during the cabinet reshuffle.
Rishi Sunak is the husband of Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy's daughter. He is the next Indian to be promoted to the post of Preeti Patel, who has been appointed Home Secretary of the United Kingdom. He will be sworn into office next to the Prime Minister's Office, taking office as Britain's second-largest government.
Sunak was selected as the Conservative candidate for Richmond (Yorks) in October 2014. The seat had previously been held by former leader of the party and foreign secretary William Hague, who chose to stand down at the next general election. Sunak was elected as MP for the constituency in the 2015 general election with a majority of 19,550. During the 2015–2017 parliament, Sunak was a member of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee.
He supported the UK leaving the European Union (EU) in the June 2016 membership referendum. Sunak was re-elected as MP in the 2017 general election, with an increased majority of 23,108. He was Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Local Government between January 2018 and July 2019. Sunak voted for then Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit withdrawal agreement and voted against a referendum on any withdrawal agreement.
He was re-elected in the 2019 general election. Sunak was appointed as Chief Secretary to the Treasury by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on 24 July 2019. He also became a member of the Privy Council. Sunak was promoted to Chancellor of the Exchequer (The chief finance minister of the United Kingdom, who prepares the nation's annual budgets) on 13 February 2020 as part of a cabinet reshuffle, after the resignation of his predecessor Sajid Javid on the same day.