The civil war in Syria had always weighed heavily with me and I wanted to do something - and so I decided to get involved
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 .
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
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
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
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
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
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
When we look to reform the care system in this country, we find ourselves at a quite intolerable starting point. Age UK reported in June of this year that spending on adult and social care had risen by just 0.1% in real terms between 2004 and 2010.
11/11/2011 17:34 GMT
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.
24/10/2011 14:09 BST
We need to make teachers more aware of the signs to look for in young people who are falling behind due to pressure or bullying associated with their sexuality.
30/09/2011 15:42 BST
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.
12/09/2011 00:00 BST
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
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
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
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