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Sajid Javid’s eldest brother, 51, drowned in a five-star hotel room

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Sajid Javid’s eldest brother, 51, drowned in the shower at a five-star hotel just minutes from his home after taking painkillers and alcohol, inquest hears

Tariq Javid, 51, the brother of Sajid Javid, pictured today, drowned in a luxury hotel room just ten minutes from his home

Tariq Javid, 51, the brother of Sajid Javid, pictured today, drowned in a luxury hotel room just ten minutes from his home

Sajid Javid’s eldest brother was found drowned in a shower at a £500-a-night five star country house hotel after taking codeine and drinking alcohol, an inquest heard today.

Supermarket chain boss Tariq Javid, 51, died after booking into the luxury South Lodge Hotel in Horsham, West Sussex, on July 29 – just ten minutes from his home.

The Home Secretary’s eldest brother was found drowned in the room and had significant levels of alcohol and codeine in his system while also suffering from serious heart disease, an inquest heard today. 

West Sussex coroner Penelope Schofield today described it as an ‘unnatural death’ and ordered a full inquest to be held next year.

The businessman was the eldest of five brothers who include the current Home Secretary, who today was speaking at the Police Superintendents’ Association annual conference in Leicester watched by sibling Bas Javid, who is a West Midlands Police commander.

The quintet have been hailed as ‘power brothers’ due to their rags to riches life stories with another a financial adviser and one who is a multi-millionaire landlord.

Tariq Javid’s drowned body was found in a room at the South Lodge Hotel in Lower Beeding and was identified by his brother Basit.

No details of how the divorcee drowned or why he was staying at the hotel just three miles away from this home in Brighton Road, Horsham.

A full inquest hearing to ascertain this will take place early next year and will be overseen by West Sussex senior coroner Ms Schofield.

She said: ‘In respect of the evidence heard this morning I feel it is an unnatural death and the matter needs to proceed to an inquest formally.’

He died at South Lodge Hotel near Horsham, less than three miles from his West Sussex home

He died at South Lodge Hotel near Horsham, less than three miles from his West Sussex home

Tariq Javid's drowned body was found in a room (similar to the one pictured) at the South Lodge Hotel in Lower Beeding and was identified by his brother Basit

Tariq Javid’s drowned body was found in a room (similar to the one pictured) at the South Lodge Hotel in Lower Beeding and was identified by his brother Basit

Tariq followed in his father’s footsteps, as he had owned a clothes shop in Bristol after working as a bus driver.

Abdul-Ghani Javid’s business was called Scallywags, and was in the middle of a notoriously crime-ridden part of the city. 

Mr Javid Senior arrived in England with the boys’ mother Zubaida with only £1 to his name in 1961.

The couple settled in Rochdale but later moved to Bristol to pursue their retail business.

Despite the five siblings’ difficult start in life, all five brothers have gone on to big things in their respective fields of business, politics and public sector roles.

Announcing the death last month, the Home Secretary’s official spokesman said in July: ‘I am very sad to confirm that Sajid lost his eldest brother Tariq, who will be sorely missed by the whole family.

‘He would like to extend his thanks to the many people sending their condolences and good wishes. He would also ask that his privacy and that of his family, be respected at this time of grief.’

Tariq Javid's body was found in bathroom at the South Lodge Hotel

Tariq Javid’s body was found in bathroom at the South Lodge Hotel

Sajid Javid was the first Muslim to hold one of Britain’s great offices of state.

Meanwhile his brother Basit is a senior police officer, Khalid is a financial adviser and Atif is a multimillionaire property tycoon.

The five star luxury hotel where Tariq died is set deep in the Sussex countryside and markets itself as an exclusive choice for a romantic getaway or special occasion.

The hotel hosted the G-20 London Summit in 2009, where then-Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling and the other world finance ministers and central bank governors from the European Union stayed in several of its 89-Jacobean style rooms.

Sir Winston Churchill was also a regular guest and close friend of its owners, with his former favourite room now a £530-a night luxury suite. 

The corridor through to the Sussex Wing from the Billiard Bar now marks the place where a lift used to take him up to the Elizabeth Le Bay room.

For between £575 and £639 per night, guests can stay in the ‘Hot Tub Suite’ – rooms equipped with private hot tub and a balcony with a garden view over its 89-acre grounds.

The hotel boasts ‘every single room is individually styled and designed so that no two are the same… We provide flawless attention to detail and homely charm in bucket loads as well as the most spectacular views over the South Downs.’ 

 

Sajid Javid’s father Abdul arrived in Britain from Pakistan in 1961 with just £1 in his pocket – but that hasn’t stopped his sons becoming incredibly successful. 

Their respective fields range wildly, from a property investor with a multimillion-pound portfolio to a police chief.

Chief Superintendent Basit Javid identified his oldest brother and was with Sajid as his MP brother spoke to fellow police officers today

Chief Superintendent Basit Javid identified his oldest brother and was with Sajid as his MP brother spoke to fellow police officers today

Basit Javid, along with his siblings, was raised in a two-bed flat in Bristol and went to a state comprehensive school, reports the Sunday Times.

Today, Basit, 47, is a Chief Superintendent in West Midlands Police and the commander of the Solihull police division.

At the age of 17, he joined the Royal Navy as a helicopter engineer, and stayed in the military for six years, including a stint on HMS Brilliant during the first Gulf War.

Then, when he was 25, he joined Avon and Somerset Police, moving up the ranks before transferring to the West Midlands force in 2007.

As well as his Chief Superintendent role, he is also a Tactical Firearms Commander, a Public Order Silver Commander and has led the force’s academic research team.

 Basit has spoken out about police cuts on Twitter and has also lamented the lack of Asian and Muslim officers in Britain.

Youngest brother Atif Javid, 43, is a property investor and developer in Bristol.

He was first became drawn to the property business while he was a corporate lawyer with Burges Salmon in Bristol.

Youngest brother Atif Javid, 43, is a property investor and developer in Bristol

Youngest brother Atif Javid, 43, is a property investor and developer in Bristol

Atif now has a multimillion-pound buy-to-let property portfolio.

Writing on a property blog in 2016 after the then Chancellor raised stamp duty on buy-to-let homes, Atif was critical of the government’s policy on housing.

He wrote: ‘George Osborne has decided now is the time to milk the “Golden Cow” of the UK’s private property landlords, with changes in taxation for buy-to-let property.’

Before his big brother was appointed Home Secretary, Sajid was Secretary of State for Housing.

Writing on the same blog in April 2016, Atif said: ‘I was talking to my brother the other day at a family get together, and the subject of the Bristol Property Market came up in the conversation… after the weather and politics.

‘My brother said it used to be that if you went out to work and did the right thing, you would expect that relatively quickly over the course of your career, you would be buying a house, you would go on holiday every year, and that you’d save for a pension.

‘I said that as a leading letting agent in Bristol, it now seems that things have changed.’

It is not known which brother he was referring to in the blog.

When Sajid took over as Communities Secretary in July that year, policies on residential property appeared to soften.

Khalid Javid, now 49, who works in the financial services industry as an adviser

Khalid Javid, now 49, who works in the financial services industry as an adviser

 

In October 2017, he announced that the Government would publish legislation banning letting agents’ fees, and said it would be ‘taking further steps to give tenants more security of tenure in their homes’.

Khalid Javid, now 49, who works in the financial services industry as an adviser.

He began his career at AXA and then worked with an international bank and leading mortgage broker before setting up Bristol-based Blackstone Financial Solutions in 2014.

In September 2015, he was featured in the Mail on Sunday’s Guide to the UK Top Rated Professionals. 

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