Theresa Villiers

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Person.png Theresa Villiers   WebsiteRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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BornTheresa Anne Villiers
London, United Kingdom
Alma materUniversity of Bristol, Jesus College (Oxford)
SpouseSean Wilken
Member ofBruges Group

Employment.png Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
4 September 2012 - 14 July 2016
Preceded byOwen Paterson
Succeeded byJames Brokenshire

Employment.png UK/Minister of State for Transport

In office
13 May 2010 - 4 September 2012
Succeeded bySimon Burns

Employment.png Shadow Secretary of State for Transport Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
2 July 2007 - 11 May 2010
Preceded byChris Grayling

Employment.png Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
6 December 2005 - 2 July 2007
Preceded byPhilip Hammond
Succeeded byPhilip Hammond

Employment.png Member of the European Parliament for London

In office
15 July 1999 - 5 May 2005
Succeeded bySyed Kamall

Theresa Villiers is another longtime Conservative Party Brexiteer who returned to government under Boris Johnson on 24 July 2019 as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Representing the decidedly suburban London-fringes seat of Chipping Barnet, Theresa Villiers has a prior political interest in farming and animal welfare issues.

A lawyer by training before becoming an MEP in 1999, Villiers took her Westminster seat in 2005, and immediately became Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury under the departing Tory leader, Michael Howard. David Cameron made her Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, then a junior minister in the coalition, and she spent four years as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. She left government when Theresa May took over in No 10, after refusing a more junior role.

As Environment Secretary, she will take on a brief handled energetically by Michael Gove, and will oversee potentially hugely tricky challenges in the farming sector post-Brexit, especially in the event of no deal.[1]

She was sacked by Boris Johnson just before the first COVID lockdown.

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