Margot James

MPs Say Awarding Big Ben Contract To Firm That Blacklisted Workers Is 'A Scandal'

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK Politics

The government’s decision to award the contract to refurbish Big Ben to a company forced to pay out for blacklisting workers is “a scandal”, MPs...

Tory MPs Write To Government Over Policy Towards Israel In Wake Of Gaza Deaths

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK

Two Conservative MPs have written to the Government expressing their concern over the situation in Gaza as a veteran Liberal Democrat called on the Pr...

Ned Simons

Tory MP Admits Party Slogan 'Excludes People' | Ned Simons | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK Politics

Conservative activists are gathered in Manchester for their annual conference under the banner "For Hardworking People". However one Tory MP has admit...

Why I Supported the Gay Marriage Bill

Margot James | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK Politics
Margot James

The Commons voted by a substantial majority in support of allowing gay marriage on 5 February. I am glad that over 130 Conservative colleagues voted for the bill and I understand why some did not, given the outright hostility to the measure among some groups in society who are over represented (statistically speaking) among Conservative Party membership.

Europe: The Case for Reform, The Case for Britain's Continued Membership

Margot James | Posted 25.03.2013 | UK Politics
Margot James

The EU is changing in response to the crisis in the Eurozone and this is the right time to seek changes that further the cause of greater competitiveness, accountability and flexibility. Such changes would benefit the EU as a whole and not just Britain; and it is in that spirit that we should proceed.

Margot James: We Urgently Need To Look Beyond The Eurozone

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 22.05.2012 | UK Politics

It seemed like a good week ('good' being a relative term) for HuffPost to chat to Margot James, the entrepreneur turned Tory MP for Stourbridge. The ...

Tackling Vested Interests in the NHS

Margot James | Posted 14.05.2012 | UK Politics
Margot James

If the public knew how self-serving some elements of the NHS were they would have a great deal more sympathy for the government's efforts to reform the service.

It's Time to Get to Grips With Metal Theft

Margot James | Posted 27.03.2012 | UK Politics
Margot James

Metal theft in the UK has reached endemic levels. Barely a day goes by, it seems, without more news of the theft of lead from church roofs, railway line cables, and war memorials, amongst others.

If The Cap Fits

Alex Andreou | Posted 25.03.2012 | UK Politics
Alex Andreou

Usually one has to tune into the Jeremy Kyle Show to hear as plentiful a flow of populist, self-righteous, ill-thought diarrhoea as that which emanated from the government yesterday. Indignation was the mot-de-jour for assorted ministers, wheeled out to express their incredulity at the latest defeat in the Lords.

Ed Miliband Backs St. Pauls Protesters' Philosophy

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 05.01.2012 | UK Politics

Labour leader Ed Miliband has accused City of London bosses of being "out of kilter" with the values of the rest of the country, and thrown his weight...

Why I Will Vote to Renegotiate Links with Europe but Against an Immediate Referendum

Margot James | Posted 24.12.2011 | UK Politics
Margot James

Several months ago, when it became clear that the Eurozone was in crisis I argued that the price of any co-operation required from the UK should be that we are freed from intervention by Brussels in areas that should be the preserve of member states.

Juggling the Long and Short Term in Britain's Relationship With the European Union

Margot James | Posted 11.11.2011 | UK Politics
Margot James

Economically our deficit might be better than the US but it is worse than the European average. We are ahead of the rest of the EU in understanding that we need to reduce regulation, especially in the area of employment law, but we have nothing to be complacent about.

Bank Lending, a Problem of Supply or Demand?

Margot James | Posted 17.09.2011 | UK Politics
Margot James

The issue of access to credit among SMEs is a chicken and egg conundrum. Is it a lack of demand or a lack of supply? The Business, Innovations & Skills select committee in Parliament, of which I am a member, has debated this issue with business leaders, bankers and the Secretary of State himself. Are we any the wiser?

Public Services Reform Bill Should Take on Board Lessons from Southern Cross

Margot James | Posted 12.09.2011 | UK Politics
Margot James

The Public Services Reform White Paper is something I very much welcome. But one lesson we need to learn from Southern Cross is that if private companies are to be encouraged to manage the care of vulnerable people, funded in part by the taxpayer, they should have to satisfy financial viability criteria as well as meeting the normal regulatory requirements around quality of care.