Jim Knight is our Labour frontbench spokesperson for DEFRA matters in the House of Lords. He joined the House of Lords as a life Peer in 2010.
Jim brings his experience as a Government Minister in the Commons to his work in the House of Lords. He was Labour’s longest-serving Schools Minister in the previous Labour Government and also served as Rural Affairs Minister and Employment Minister. Jim’s main policy interests are education, employment, skills, rural affairs and digital technology.
Lord Knight’s political career in Parliament began when he won a safe Tory seat in Dorset in 2001, and increased his Parliamentary majority in 2005. Before entering politics Jim was a director of a small telephone directory publishing business in the West Country, leader of the Labour group on Mendip District Council, and Mayor of Frome.
Outside his responsibilities in the House, Jim works as a consultant specialising in advising on the use of technology in education and employment and is currently working with ITN Consulting, TSL Education, Apple Europe, Alderwood Education and Step-A International Ltd. He is also on the board of the Arsenal Fanshare Society, is a trustee of the e-Learning Foundation, and chair of the Institute for Education Business Excellence and the UK Online Centres Foundation.
More important than all of that, Jim is an avid supporter of Arsenal football team, enjoys theatre, and is even known to have acted in productions himself.
For more information, read Jim's Parliamentary biography - available here.