Northern IrelandTheresa Villiers is Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
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Theresa is Member of Parliament for Chipping Barnet and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
She was born in 1968 and grew up in north London, and lives in Arkley in Barnet. She has a first class law degree from the University of Bristol and a BCL from Jesus College, Oxford. She is a former barrister and lecturer in law at King's College, London.
From 1999 to 2005, Theresa was a well known eurosceptic MEP for the London region, campaigning against the Euro, the European Constitution and any extension of EU powers. She was elected to the House of Commons as MP for Chipping Barnet in May 2005.
In December 2005, after just 7 months in parliament, David Cameron appointed Theresa to his Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury. As well as working alongside George Osborne on Conservative economic policy, Theresa led the Opposition scrutiny of the Finance Bills in 2006 and 2007. At David Cameron’s first reshuffle in July 2007, Theresa gained further promotion and was given her own portfolio as Shadow Secretary of State for transport. When the Coalition took office in May 2011, she was appointed Minister of State for Transport. In September 2012 she was promoted to the Cabinet, as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
For many years, Theresa has been campaigning on important local issues for Barnet such as: putting more police on the beat; defending the suburbs and conserving the Green Belt; working to reunite Cyprus; improving the London Underground; and supporting our local hospital and schools.
From 2001 to 2002 she was Deputy Leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament and a member of the governing board of the Conservative Party.