Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries

Margot James MP


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.


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.

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


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  1. Ticket bots ban comes into force

    • Press release
  2. UK digital and tech firms power ahead in global trade race

    • Press release
  3. Margot James - ‘Ensuring UK businesses lead the way in the era of global connectivity’

    • Speech
  4. New measures to beat plague of nuisance calls

    • Press release
  5. Data laws made fit for the digital age

    • News story
  6. Tough new rules to protect UK’s critical infrastructure come into force

    • News story
  7. Margot James' statement on AI Sector Deal

    • News story
  8. New figures show large numbers of businesses and charities suffer at least one cyber attack in the past year

    • Press release
  9. Crackdown on touts using robots to rip off real fans

    • Press release
  10. World-leading cyber centre to be developed in London’s Olympic Park

    • Press release