Margot James was first elected MP for Stourbridge in 2010, having previously served as a Councillor in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Vice-Chair of the Conservative Party for Women. In 2015, Margot was re-elected and appointed Assistant Government Whip, with responsibility for Education and Equalities. Until the 2015 General Election she held the position of Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Rt Hon William Hague MP, Leader of the House of Commons. She was previously PPS to the Trade Minister, Lord Livingston, and chaired the All Party Parliamentary Group for Trade & Investment. Whilst also serving on the Care and Support Bill Committee, the Health and Social Care Bill Committee, the Energy Bill Committee, and chairing the Government’s Green Deal Women’s Panel.
Prior to entering politics, Margot worked in the PR and medical education business, co-founding her own company, Shire Health, in 1986. After twelve years running the business Margot sold Shire Health to the WPP Group and was appointed Head of European Healthcare for WPP’s advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather.
As well as her business interests Margot has for many years been involved in the voluntary sector and the NHS. She served on the board of Parkside NHS Trust for four years and she has worked as a Mental Health Manager. She spent ten years as a trustee of Abantu, an African women’s charity, during which time she trained women from more than forty different African countries in communications and lobbying skills. She has also worked as a mentor for the Prince’s Trust and Young Enterprise.