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Former business minister Margot James joins board of doorstep lender Provident Financial

Former Conservative minister Margot James has joined the board of doorstep lender Provident Financial after stepping down from Parliament last year. 

Ms James will serve as a non-executive director at the company, which hands out high interest credit cards and loans to borrowers with a poor repayment history and is widely known as ‘the Provvy’.

She served as an MP from 2010 to 2019 and held a number of government offices, including as small business minister and digital minister under Theresa May. 

The politician stoked controversy last year by saying it would be “a bad thing for the country” if the Conservatives won a majority in the general election. She said the best government she ever served in was during the Coalition, where the Liberal Democrats “acted as a very necessary break on our party’s right wing obsession with Brexit”.

The Stourbridge MP was also one of the 21 Tory

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