Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility

Responsibilities

Responsibilities include:

  • industrial strategy
  • European Union exit
  • EU (Approvals) Bill
  • small business and enterprise (including access to finance)
  • retail sector
  • consumer and competition (including energy retail markets and competition law)
  • labour markets
  • corporate governance
  • local growth
  • Insolvency Service
  • postal affairs (including Royal Mail)
  • EU structural funds

Current role holder: Margot James MP

Margot James was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 17 July 2016. 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.

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  1. Hull named most enterprising place in Britain

    • Press release
  2. Business Minister urges UK's largest companies to increase transparency around workplace diversity

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  3. Record £2 million back pay identified for 13,000 of the UK’s lowest paid workers

    • Press release
  4. Government launches proposals to better protect holidaymakers

    • Press release
  5. Government crackdown on misuse of laser pointers

    • Press release
  6. Director of Labour Market Enforcement warns rogue bosses of plans to use powers to jail worst offenders

    • Press release
  7. Minister appoints new Competition Appeal Tribunal members

    • Press release
  8. Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill introduced today

    • Press release
  9. Working group report demonstrates progress on product safety

    • Press release
  10. Groceries Code review notes significant cultural change in supermarket industry

    • Press release