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


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  1. Villiers: The Northern Ireland security situation

    • 26 February 2015
    • Statement to Parliament
  2. Royal visitor for Belfast

    • 25 February 2015
    • Press release
  3. Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors 'Invest in Northern Ireland' lunch

    • 23 February 2015
    • Speech
  4. A major step towards a more peaceful, stable and prosperous Northern Ireland

    • 20 February 2015
    • Speech
  5. Secretary of State's speech at the Women's Engagement Roadshow

    • 16 February 2015
    • Speech
  6. Villiers embarks on 3-day US visit

    • 4 February 2015
    • News story
  7. Villiers: Northern Ireland economy heading in right direction

    • 2 February 2015
    • Press release
  8. Statement on stayed inquest into the death of Gareth O'Connor

    • 27 January 2015
    • Statement to Parliament
  9. New Bill to devolve Corporation Tax in Northern Ireland

    • 8 January 2015
    • News story
  10. Statement to Parliament on the Stormont House Agreement

    • 7 January 2015
    • Statement to Parliament