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 was elected the Conservative MP for Chipping Barnet in 2003.


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, advances UK government interests in Northern Ireland and represents Northern Ireland interests in the Cabinet.

The Secretary of State 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


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


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