Ministerial role

Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries

Responsibilities

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.

Education

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

Politics

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

Announcements

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  1. Margot James speaks at the launch of London Fashion Week

    • Speech
  2. Tough new measures to end the blight of nuisance calls

    • News story
  3. West Midlands to become UK’s first large-scale 5G testbed

    • Press release
  4. £95 million “Full Fibre” Broadband Boost for Local Authorities

    • News story
  5. New funds to boost diversity of people working in digital and tech jobs

    • Press release
  6. UK universities recognised for excellence in cyber security research

    • Press release
  7. Joint Statement on the reformed Electronic Communications Code

    • Press release
  8. Need for speed drives £9 billion superfast broadband boost

    • Press release
  9. Trans Pennine Railway 5G trial

    • News story
  10. New Council for Internet Safety in the UK

    • News story