|The Right Honourable
The Lord Knight of Weymouth
|Minister of State for Employment and Welfare Reform|
5 June 2009 – 11 May 2010
|Prime Minister||Gordon Brown|
|Preceded by||Tony McNulty|
|Succeeded by||Chris Grayling|
|Minister of State for Schools and Learners|
28 June 2007 – 5 June 2009
|Prime Minister||Gordon Brown|
|Preceded by||Jacqui Smith|
|Succeeded by||Vernon Coaker|
|Member of Parliament
for South Dorset
7 June 2001 – 6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Ian Bruce|
|Succeeded by||Richard Drax|
6 March 1965 |
Bexley, United Kingdom
|Alma mater||Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge|
recorded in July 2013
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James Philip Knight, Baron Knight of Weymouth  (born 6 March 1965) is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for South Dorset from 2001 until 2010, when he lost his seat. Knight held several ministerial posts during his time as an MP including Minister for the South West and Minister for Employment and Welfare Reform. It was announced in the Dissolution Honours List on 28 May 2010 that he would be made a life peer. He is now Managing Director - Online Learning at TES Global Ltd, and a Visiting Professor at the London Knowledge Lab of the Institute of Education in London.
Knight was educated at Eltham College, an independent school in Mottingham in south-east London, followed by Fitzwilliam College at the University of Cambridge, where he studied Geography, Social & Political Sciences from 1984–87, gaining a BA Hons.
Knight first stood for Parliament in the 1997 general election as the Labour candidate for South Dorset, but lost by 77 votes. He was, however, elected on the same day to Mendip District Council, on which he served until 2001, including as Labour Group leader.
At the 2001 general election, he was elected the Member of Parliament for South Dorset by 153 votes in the only Labour gain from the Conservatives in that year. In the 2005 general election he increased his majority to 1,812, but with a small decrease in his share of the vote. In the 2010 general election Knight lost his seat to Conservative Richard Drax by 7,443 votes after an 11.4% drop in his vote.
Knight was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Rural Affairs, Landscape and Biodiversity in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from 2005-06. He then moved to become Minister of State for Schools in the Department for Education and Skills. On 28 June 2007, when Gordon Brown disbanded the department, Knight moved to the newly created Department for Children, Schools and Families, as the Minister for Schools and Learners. In October 2008 following the reshuffle, Knight became a member of the Privy Council.
Jim Knight held the following positions:
- 2003-2004 - Parliamentary Private Secretary to Rosie Winterton then Minister of State at the Department of Health
- 2004-2005 - Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Ministerial Team at the Department of Health
- 2005-2006 - Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Rural Affairs, the Landscape & Biodiversity
- 2006-2009 - Minister of State for Schools
- 2009–2010 - Minister of State for Employment
- 2009–2010 - Minister for the South West
Knight was created a Life Peer on 23 June 2010 taking the title Baron Knight of Weymouth, of Weymouth in the County of Dorset. He was the campaign manager for Ed Balls' leadership campaign in 2010.
In April 2014 he stepped down from the Labour front bench in the House of Lords to take up a full time role as Managing Director - Online Learning at TES Global Ltd, building an online CPD service for teachers. He is also the chair of the Tinder Foundation and deputy chair of the Nominet Trust.
- Jim Knight - Department for Children, Schools and Families
- Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Jim Knight MP
- TheyWorkForYou.com - Jim Knight MP
- BBC Article on Ed Matts 13 April 2005
- Opening speech at the Handheld Learning 2007 Conference 11 October 2007, Central Hall Westminster
- BBC Politics page
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