Margot James was born and raised in the West Midlands. After graduating from the London School of Economics (LSE), she later co-founded and grew a healthcare public relations company, which she sold in 1999.
Margot served as a non-executive board director of Parkside NHS Trust and is currently an associate governor of Redhill School and a governor of LSE.
Following serving as Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party for women between 2006-2010, Margot was first elected as Member of Parliament for Stourbridge in 2010, and was re-elected with an increased majority in 2015. Shortly after her re-election, Margot was appointed Assistant Government Whip, with responsibility for Education and Equalities.
On 18th July 2016, she was appointed by the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, to serve as Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Until the 2015 General Election, Margot held the position of Parliamentary Private Secretary to William Hague, Leader of the House of Commons. She was previously PPS to Lord Livingston, Minister for Trade and Investment and his predecessor Lord Green.
Margot lives with her partner Jay in Stourbridge and London.