Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries

Margot James MP

Biography

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.

Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries

Responsibilities include:

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

Previous roles in government

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

    • 2016 to 2018
  2. Assistant Government Whip

    • 2015 to 2016

Announcements

  1. Cyber Security Breaches Survey
  2. Cyber Security Skills Immediate Impact Fund
  3. Margot James speaks at the launch of London Fashion Week
  4. Tough new measures to end the blight of nuisance calls
  5. West Midlands to become UK’s first large-scale 5G testbed
  6. Developing the UK cyber security profession
  7. Consultation on the Security of Network and Information Systems Directive
  8. £95 million “Full Fibre” Broadband Boost for Local Authorities
  9. New funds to boost diversity of people working in digital and tech jobs
  10. UK universities recognised for excellence in cyber security research