Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

The Rt Hon Theresa Villiers


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


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  1. Villiers offers condolences following death of Lord Mason

    • 20 April 2015
    • Press release
  2. Villiers appoints new Equality Commissioners

    • 27 March 2015
    • News story
  3. New Member appointed to the Parades Commission

    • 27 March 2015
    • News story
  4. Government responds to NIAC Report on the ‘on the runs’ administrative scheme

    • 24 March 2015
    • Government response
  5. Villiers urges resolution on welfare reform

    • 19 March 2015
    • Press release
  6. Budget 2015: Helping the hard-working people of Northern Ireland

    • 18 March 2015
    • News story
  7. Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill completes Parliamentary stages

    • 17 March 2015
    • Press release
  8. St Patrick's Day Washington speech

    • 16 March 2015
    • Speech
  9. Secretary of State offers her condolences on death of Lord Molyneaux

    • 9 March 2015
    • News story
  10. Villiers: 'Pivotal that all aspects of the Agreement are implemented in full'

    • 9 March 2015
    • Press release