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Margot James is new small business minister

The Government has unveiled the full list of ministerial responsibilities in the new Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), including the appointment of Margot James MP as small business minister.

BEIS was created in July by prime minister Theresa May when she folded the Department for Energy and Climate Change into the Department for Business.

Following the appointment of Greg Clark as secretary of state for BEIS, the remaining ministerial positions in the department have now been filled.

The Government says that the new ministerial portfolios reflect the key priorities for the department including research and innovation and climate change. 

The new ministers are:

  • Nick Hurd, minister of state for climate change and industry;
  • Jo Johnson, minister of state for universities, science, research and innovation (joint minister with Department for Education);
  • Baroness Neville-Rolfe, minister of state for energy and intellectual property;
  • Margot James, minister for small business, consumers and corporate responsibility;
  • Jesse Norman, minister for industry and energy.

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark said: 

"I am thrilled to have been appointed to lead this new department charged with delivering a comprehensive industrial strategy, leading Government's relationship with business, furthering our world-class science base, delivering affordable, clean energy and tackling climate change."

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has welcomed the appointment of Margot James as the minister for small business, consumer protection and corporate social responsibility.

FSB National Chairman Mike Cherry told the Guardian: 

"We greatly value Ms James' support for small businesses as she herself was a successful entrepreneur before moving into politics and is able to relate to the challenges our members face. The first priority in her ministerial in-tray must be to be establish a small business commissioner to tackle late payments, and to work with the Treasury on how to boost economic growth."

James has been the MP for Stourbridge since 2010 and she sat on the Business, Innovation and Skills select committee between 2010 and 2012. She supports the reduction of business rates.

Image: The Cabinet Office on Flickr

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