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

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  1. Government to clamp down on unsafe lasers

    • News story
  2. Government launches Small Business Commissioner to help small firms resolve payment disputes

    • Press release
  3. Minister appoints new Competition Appeal Tribunal members

    • Press release
  4. £1.7m back pay identified for a record 16,000 workers as 260 employers are named and shamed for underpaying minimum wage rates

    • Press release
  5. UK encouraged to ‘shop small’ this Small Business Saturday

    • Press release
  6. New chairman appointed for the Central Arbitration Committee

    • News story
  7. Launch of the ScaleUp Institute review 2017

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

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

    • News story
  10. Deputy Pubs Code Adjudicator appointed

    • Press release