Lord Knight of Weymouth

Jim Knight

Jim Knight



Address as

Lord Knight

Contact details


House of Lords, London, SW1A 0PW
Tel: 020 7219 8209


Electoral history

Contested South Dorset 1997 general election. MP for South Dorset 2001-10. Contested South Dorset 2010 general election

Parliamentary career

PPS at Department of Health 2003-05: to Rosie Winterton as Minister of State 2003-04, Team PPS 2004-05; Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 2005-06; Minister of State: Department for Education and Skills/Children, Schools and Families (Schools and Learners) 2006-09, Department for Work and Pensions 2009-10; Minister for the South West 2009-10

Lords career

Opposition Spokesperson for: Work and Pensions 2010-11, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 2011-

Party groups

Various posts local constituency party 1990-

Select committees

Member: Defence 2001-03

Councils, public bodies

Frome Town Council: Councillor 1993-2001, Mayor 1998-2001; Mendip District Council: Councillor 1997-2001, Deputy leader 1999-2001, Labour group leader 1999-2001; Vice-President, Local Government Association 2010-12

Political interests

International development, families, arts, sport, housing, rural affairs

Countries of interest

Democratic Republic of Congo, Mauritania, USA

Name, style and title

Raised to the peerage as Baron Knight of Weymouth, of Weymouth in the County of Dorset 2010

Register of Interests

1: Directorships

Director, Step-A International Ltd (consultancy company specialising in providing strategic policy advice and support on use of technology in education overseas – see also category 4(a))

Director, Egale Limited (advice and project work in education, technology and literacy) (trading entity for Member's self-employment - see also category 4(a)). Egale Limited receives or has received in the past calendar year income for services personally provided by the Member to: TSL Education; Innovate CV; Alderwood Education; Dods; EC Harris; ITN Consulting

Non-executive Director, Alderwood Education Ltd (recruitment consultants in the education, training and welfare to work sectors)

2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.

Self employed consultant advising clients on use of technology in education and training sector

Speeches/presentations for Westminster Explained

3: Clients

In the course of my work with some clients I am also asked to give public affairs advice; these clients are Apple Europe Inc (technology) and TSL Education (education publisher)

4: Shareholdings (a)

Joint owner with wife of Egale Limited (see category 1)

Step-A International Ltd (see category 1)

10: Non-financial interests (a)

Board Member, Arsenal Fanshare Society Ltd

Unremunerated Director, CDI Europe Ltd (registered charity seeking to enable young people currently digitally excluded)

10: Non-financial interests (b)

Trustee and Chair, Institute of Education Business Excellence

10: Non-financial interests (c)

Trustee, E-Learning Foundation

10: Non-financial interests (e)

Vice President, Local Government Association for 2010-11