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Margot James

Conservative MP for Stourbridge

Margot James was elected MP for Stourbridge in May 2010, having previously served as the Vice-Chair of the Conservative Party for Women. In Parliament, Margot sits on the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee and serves as an officer on many All Party Parliamentary Groups including the APPGs on Human Trafficking, Housing and Care for Older People, and Small Business .
Why I Supported the Gay Marriage

Why I Supported the Gay Marriage Bill

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.
07/02/2013 09:23 GMT
Europe: The Case for Reform, The Case for Britain's Continued

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

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.
24/01/2013 08:20 GMT
Constitutional Reform Is Always

Constitutional Reform Is Always Difficult

Even if people agree on what is wrong in the current arrangement, they never agree on a solution. But that is no argument for accepting, yet again, a status quo which combines a hereditary basis with one of patronage and which results in a chamber which is totally unrepresentative of the population for which it is legislating.
11/07/2012 11:13 BST
Tackling Vested Interests in the

Tackling Vested Interests in the NHS

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.
14/03/2012 22:07 GMT
It's Time to Get to Grips With Metal

It's Time to Get to Grips With Metal Theft

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.
27/01/2012 14:02 GMT
Britain's Future in the

Britain's Future in the EU

The Prime Minister's actions at Brussels took a great deal of courage. He and the Foreign Secretary have been true to their convictions and the use of the veto is historic. We now need to take stock before launching any more salvoes. Relations with other member states do matter over the long term.
12/12/2011 10:39 GMT
Let These Riots be a Turning

Let These Riots be a Turning Point

Many people instinctively believe that if 'everyone around them' is committing crime and disorder that it gives them carte blanche to join in and grab as many material goods as they can lay their hands on.
09/08/2011 23:38 BST
European Debt Crisis - It's not all

European Debt Crisis - It's not all Gloom

Never waste a good crisis they say. Indeed Richard Branson reckons a recession is a good time to start a business. But can there be anything good at all about the situation we find our economy in at the moment?
08/08/2011 23:27 BST
Bank Lending, a Problem of Supply or

Bank Lending, a Problem of Supply or Demand?

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?
19/07/2011 09:24 BST
Public Services Reform Bill Should Take on Board Lessons from Southern

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

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.
13/07/2011 00:02 BST