James Morris

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James George Morris (born 4 February 1967) was elected Conservative Party member of Parliament (MP) for Halesowen and Rowley Regis in the May 2010 general elections [1] with a majority of 2,000.[2] Morris increased that majority to 3,082 in the 2015 general election.[3]

As a result, he stepped down as Chief Executive of the right-wing local government think-tank Localis, a role he had held since March 2008. Morris's old profile on the Localis website gives an overview of his life before politics:

James was educated at the University of Birmingham where he studied English Literature and then undertook postgraduate research at Oxford University. He also has an MBA from Cranfield School of Management where he won the Venture Capital Report prize for entrepreneurs. James has been a successful small businessman having established a number of software companies. He also has a strong track record as a policy maker and campaigner as the Director of the innovative campaign group Mind the Gap in 2003. He was appointed CEO of Localis in March 2008.[4]



  1. James Morris MP
  2. Local Government Chronicle Morris standing down at Localis 13 May 2010, accessed 6 July 2010
  3. BBC News Halesowen and Rowley Regis, accessed 15 May 2015.
  4. PDF of <http://www.localis.org.uk/page/79/Team.htm> created 26 March 2010.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Register of interests of members' secretaries and research assistants, 23 March 2016, parliament.uk, accessed 21 April 2016