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

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.


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. Business Minister Margot James urges FTSE 350 chief executives to improve diversity and inclusion

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

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

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

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

    • Press release
  6. ‘Forward Ladies’ entrepreneur Etta Cohen honored

    • News story
  7. Business Minister hosts diversity and the industrial strategy roundtable

    • News story
  8. Trade Union Act measures come into force to protect people from undemocratic industrial action

    • Press release
  9. Increase in BME workplace progression could give UK economy a £24bn boost – Baroness McGregor-Smith Review finds

    • Press release
  10. Campaign launched to increase low paid workers’ knowledge of national minimum and national living wage rights

    • Press release