Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

The Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP


Theresa Villiers was appointed Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in September 2012. She is the Conservative MP for Chipping Barnet.


Theresa went to Francis Holland School in London then studied law at the University of Bristol and Jesus College, Oxford.

Political career

Highlights include:

  • MP for Chipping Barnet 2003 to present
  • MEP for London 1999 to 2005
  • Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury 2005 to 2007
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Transport 2007 to 2010
  • Minister of State for Transport 2010 to 2012
  • Secretary of State for Northern Ireland September 2012 to present

Career outside politics

After university, Theresa worked as a barrister and as a lecturer in law at Kings College, London.

Personal life

Theresa was born in 1968 and grew up in St John’s Wood, north London. She lives in Arkley in Barnet.

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for the policies of the Northern Ireland Office.

Responsibilities include:

  • overseeing the Northern Ireland devolution settlement
  • representing Northern Ireland interests at UK government level and UK government interests in Northern Ireland
  • national security
  • human rights, elections
  • legacy issues (including current ongoing public inquiries)

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister of State for Transport

    • 2010 to 2012


under the responsibility of The Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

  1. Keeping Northern Ireland safe

    • 5 March 2013
  2. Supporting political stability and the institutions in Northern Ireland

    • 5 March 2013
  3. Bringing communities in Northern Ireland together

    • 5 March 2013
  4. Rebalancing the Northern Ireland economy

    • 5 March 2013


by The Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP

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  1. Moving politics forward

    • 16 April 2014
    • Speech
  2. Villiers addresses President’s ‘Taking charge of change’ event at City Hall, London

    • 9 April 2014
    • Speech
  3. Government cuts taxes for 676,000 people in Northern Ireland

    • 4 April 2014
    • News story
  4. Villiers to lay foundation stone for Glasnevin Monumental Cross of Sacrifice

    • 31 March 2014
    • News story
  5. Task Force on Banking & Access to Finance meets for second time

    • 26 March 2014
    • News story
  6. On-the-runs: Update

    • 25 March 2014
    • Statement to Parliament
  7. Applications invited for the position of Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

    • 20 March 2014
    • News story
  8. Budget 2014: helping Northern Ireland to invest, export and grow

    • 19 March 2014
    • News story
  9. Secretary of State offers condolences to family of Lord Ballyedmond

    • 14 March 2014
    • News story
  10. Royal Assent for Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2014

    • 13 March 2014
    • News story

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