Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

The Rt Hon Theresa Villiers

Biography

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

Education

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 Northern Ireland Office. She advances UK Government interests in Northern Ireland and represents Northern Ireland interests in the Cabinet.

She leads on:

  • National security and counter-terrorism
  • Implementation of the Stormont House Agreement
  • The economy and inward investment
  • Political stability and relations with the Northern Ireland Executive
  • International interest in Northern Ireland, including relations with the Irish Government
  • Human rights
  • Dealing with the past

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister of State for Transport

    • 2010 to 2012

Policies

  1. Northern Ireland community relations
  2. Northern Ireland economy
  3. Northern Ireland political stability
  4. Northern Ireland security

Announcements

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  1. Villiers welcomes full operation of National Crime Agency in NI

    • 20 May 2015
    • News story
  2. Villiers meets Irish Foreign Minister

    • 19 May 2015
    • News story
  3. Villiers to continue as Northern Ireland Secretary

    • 11 May 2015
    • News story
  4. Villiers condemns reckless attack in North Belfast

    • 2 May 2015
    • News story
  5. Villiers condemns Londonderry incendiary attack

    • 28 April 2015
    • News story
  6. Villiers offers condolences following death of Lord Mason

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

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

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

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

    • 19 March 2015
    • Press release