Ministerial role

Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries


Responsibilities include:

  • Digital
  • Broadband
  • Online safety
  • Telecoms Markets and Consumer Policy
  • Media
  • Broadcasting
  • Creative Industries

Current role holder: Margot James MP

Margot James was appointed Minister of State for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in January 2018. Margot was previously Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from July 2016 to January 2018. She was elected Conservative MP for Stourbridge in May 2010.


Margot was educated at Millfield School and studied Economics and Government at the London School of Economics.


Margot served as Assistant Government Whip from May 2015 until July 2016.

Margot was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Lord Green during his period as Minister for Trade and Investment. She served as a local councillor in Kensington and Chelsea from 2006 to 2008.

Career before politics

Margot worked in sales and marketing for her father’s business, MJI based in Birmingham. In 1986 she co-founded Shire Health Group, a public relations and medical education business. It was sold in 2004.

Personal life

Margot lives with her partner in South Kensington and Oldswinford, Stourbridge.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP

    • 2016 to 2018
  2. Ed Vaizey

    • 2014 to 2016


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  1. Margot James' speech at the Tech Talent Charter's one year anniversary event

    • Speech
  2. Audience of the Future launch

    • Speech
  3. UK takes centre stage in immersive entertainment revolution

    • News story
  4. UK's Creative Industries thrive in Japan

    • News story
  5. ‘Smart homes’ to help older and disabled people get digital skills and tackle loneliness in rural areas

    • Press release
  6. New strategy sets ambitions for a cyber security workforce fit for the future

    • Press release
  7. Better Broadband Scheme extended to 2019

    • News story
  8. No escape for company bosses responsible for nuisance calls

    • Press release
  9. Margot James' speech at techUK's Digital Ethics Summit

    • Speech
  10. £20 million to boost creative industries across England

    • Press release