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

Margot James


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.


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.

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. Lord Robert Smith named new chairman of the British Business Bank

    • News story
  2. Small firms deserve to be paid on time

    • Speech
  3. Proposals to introduce transparency to overseas-owned UK property published

    • Press release
  4. Energy reforms come into force today

    • Press release
  5. Business Minister Margot James renews UK’s commitment to corporate responsibility in extractive industry

    • News story
  6. Business Minister Margot James urges FTSE 350 chief executives to improve diversity and inclusion

    • Press release
  7. Margot James launches Scale-Up Taskforce to identify barriers to small business growth

    • News story
  8. Government commits to drawing up new guidance to support working mothers of premature babies

    • News story
  9. Minister appoints new Competition Appeal Tribunal members

    • Press release
  10. Government Ministers visiting Wales as part of Industrial Strategy engagement programme

    • Press release