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
  • 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

Previous roles in government

  1. Assistant Government Whip

    • 2015 to 2016

Announcements

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  1. Launch of the ScaleUp Institute review 2017

    • Speech
  2. FTSE 350 companies urged to fill senior positions with more women to make UK a world leader on gender diversity

    • News story
  3. Government affirms commitment to strong consumer protections post Brexit

    • News story
  4. Deputy Pubs Code Adjudicator appointed

    • Press release
  5. New leave allowance for bereaved parents will be one of the most generous in the world

    • Press release
  6. Supporting small business to start-up, scale-up and grow

    • Speech
  7. Government appoints new members to Competition and Markets Authority Panel

    • News story
  8. Primary Authority changes to benefit 250,000 more businesses

    • Press release
  9. Government appoints two members to Competition Service board

    • News story
  10. Hull named most enterprising place in Britain

    • Press release