Margot James

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(politician, deep state functionary)
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Coventry, England
Alma materMillfield School, London School of Economics
SpouseJay Hunt
British digital minister saying the UK must "get over" privacy fears.

Employment.png Minister of State for Digital and Culture

In office
9 January 2018 - 18 July 2019

Employment.png Member of Parliament for Stourbridge

In office
6 May 2010 - Present

Margot Cathleen James is a British politician who was Minister of State for Digital and Creative Industries from 2018 to 2019. She was Member of Parliament (MP) from 2010 to 2019. Elected as a Conservative, she voted against the Conservative government, rebelling in an attempt to prevent the prorogation of Parliament which could have been used to force through a no-deal Brexit[1]. She resigned as minister in June and stood down as an MP in November 2019.

Margot James argued in 2018 that the UK must "get over" privacy and cyber security fears and adopt technology such as online identities.[2]


James worked in sales and marketing for her father's business, Maurice James Industries (MJI), a haulage, waste management, and property group based around Birmingham.[3][4] After working for a consulting firm, in 1986 she co-founded Shire Health Group, a public relations and clinical trials organisation.[5] Shire Health was voted "Consultancy of the Year" three times in the Communiqué Awards for 1998, 1999 and 2001, while James was voted Communicator of the Year in 1997.[6] The company was sold to WPP Group in 2004, with James appointed Head of European Healthcare for WPP subsidiary Ogilvy & Mather.[7]

From 2010 to 2012, James was a member of parliament's committees on arms export control, as well as on business, innovation and training. From 2012 she was Parliamentary Private Secretary Assistant to Stephen Green, Secretary of State in the Department of Commerce and his successor Ian Livingston; from 2014 she worked in the same function for William Hague, the then Leader of the House of Commons. James was Assistant to the Whips from May 2015 to July 2016 before becoming Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Economic Affairs, Energy and Industrial Strategy.