‘Tell the world about this letter and make it famous’: Sajid Javid reveals his daughter’s cheeky note left for his successor Rishi Sunak after he quit as Chancellor
- Sajid Javid’s youngest daughter Maya, 10, hid a letter a Dorneywood, Bucks
- The note told the reader to share the letter with the world to make it famous
- Mr Javid resigned as Chancellor on Thursday
Sajid Javid has shared a note left by his 10-year-old daughter for his successor after he resigned as Chancellor.
Mr Javid shared the heartwarming note on Twitter that was hidden by his youngest daughter Maya in a bookshelf at the grace-and-favour Buckinghamshire country mansion, Dorneywood.
The note, written on Dorneywood stationery, said: ‘Hello my name is Maya Javid, 10 years old.
‘I am Sajid Javid’s daughter (the chancellor in 2019). If you are reading this letter then please find a way to tell the world – not only this letter will be famous – you will too!
The note, written on Dorneywood stationery, said: ‘Hello my name is Maya Javid, 10 years old
With an arrow indicating to turn the page Maya wrote: ‘Advice for next Prime Minister.’
Mr Javid tweeted: ‘So happy to spend some more time with my family this weekend. I have to admit we’ll miss Dorneywood though – it was a wonderful place for us to relax and work from some weekends, and the staff were lovely.
‘There is a one small legacy there for my successors to find.
‘The National Trust did a regular audit of all the historic items a few weeks ago and told us they’d found a note in one of the books. My youngest daughter shifted guiltily…
‘Turns out Maya had hidden a letter in one of the old bookshelves for lucky future occupants of Dorneywood.
Former Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid leaves his home in London after he resigned on Thursday
Mr Javid is pictured with his family in a promotional video ahead of his leadership contest. His youngest child, Maya, is pictured with her back to the camera
‘She eventually showed it to me but didn’t want to tell me where it was hidden. Wherever it is, the National Trust have added it to their records, so it is now officially part of the property forever.’
And it is not the first time the Mr Javid’s daughter has put pen to paper after Maya congratulated her father for making it to the final four of the Tory leadership content last year.
Maya wrote: ‘I am writing this letter because I am proud of you for doing so well for coming this far to being prime-minister.
Sajid Javid has revealed the touching letter written by his daughter in which she congratulated him for making it to the final four of the Tory leadership race
‘I love you so much and believe in you and you have to believe in yourself too all you need to become pm is passion, love, confidence and sportsmanship. That’s all you need.
‘If you don’t come pm me and your lovely family will be proud and be grateful that we have such an amazing dad/husband. Love you so much!’
Mr Javid is the father of four children, named Sophia, Suli, Rania and Maya, all with his wife Laura, his childhood sweetheart who he married in 1997.
It comes after Mr Javid insisted no ‘self-respecting’ minister would have obeyed Dominic Cummings’ order to sack his aides – after he quit as Chancellor on Thursday throwing the reshuffle into chaos.
Sajid Javid with his wife Laura and children Sophia, Suli, Rania in a older photo. The Home Secretary is in the final four of the Tory leadership race
Speaking to reporters outside his London home, Mr Javid said Boris Johnson had told him that to stay in government he must accept the replacement of all his five-strong team.
At that point he said he had no choice but to resign: ‘I don’t believe any self-respecting minister would accept those conditions.’
In a letter to the PM setting out his reasons, Mr Javid said it was ‘crucial’ for leaders to have people around who would give them ‘candid advice, as I have always sought to do’.
‘I also believe that it is important as leaders to have trusted teams that reflect the character and integriity that you would wish to be associated with,’ he added in a stinging rebuke.
Despite smiling broadly for the cameras as he walked into Downing Street, Mr Javid was then blindsided by Mr Johnson with the ultimatum during a private meeting.
An incensed Mr Javid responded that would make him ‘Chancellor in name only’. Although Mr Cummings was not in the room during fraught discussions with Mr Johnson, sources said it was ‘obvious’ who was behind the move.