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

Margot James MP

Biography

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.

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

Responsibilities include:

  • industrial strategy
  • small business (including the Small Business Commissioner, Groceries Code Adjudicator, Pubs Code Adjudicator)
  • enterprise and British Business Bank
  • retail sector
  • consumer and competition (including energy retail markets and competition law)
  • labour markets including trade union and employment law
  • corporate governance
  • local growth
  • Insolvency service
  • postal affairs
  • Royal Mail
  • EU structural funds
  • national minimum wage

Previous roles in government

  1. Assistant Government Whip

    • 2015 to 2016

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  1. Bryan Sanderson appointed interim Chairman of the Low Pay Commission

    • News story
  2. Record number of employers named and shamed for underpaying

    • Press release
  3. Government review team launches nationwide modern employment practices tour in London

    • News story
  4. Search underway for UK's first Small Business Commissioner

    • Press release
  5. Late payment reporting guidance launched for large businesses

    • Press release
  6. Government commits to ensuring new and expectant mothers have sufficient protections from redundancy

    • News story
  7. Consumer minister urges people to register their appliances

    • Press release
  8. Thousands of UK small businesses saved an average of £4,500 each in 2015 thanks to government changes to auditing rules

    • Press release
  9. Review of limited partnership business model launched following accusations of criminality

    • Press release
  10. Revealed: most bizarre excuses for underpaying staff the National Minimum Wage

    • Press release