Theresa Villiers

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Theresa Villiers

Theresa Villiers has been the Conservative Party MP for Chipping Barnet since 2003. She was appointed UK environment secretary in July 2019 by Boris Johnson, the incoming prime minister.

Political career

Villiers was appointed Northern Ireland Secretary in September 2012.[1] She resigned from government in July 2016 amidst Prime Minister Theresa May's extensive cabinet makeover, being replaced by James Brokenshire. [2]

She was the minister of state for the Department for Transport from May 2010 until September 2012. [3]

In the 2015 general election she gained a majority of 7,656 in her Chipping Barnet constituency. [4]

Villiers was an MEP for London 1999 to 2005. She then worked as the shadow chief secretary to the HM Treasury from 2005 to 2007, and shadow secretary of state for transport from 2007 to 2010. [5]

Pro-fracking and against climate change measures

Villiers has voted against a ban on fracking. She also voted against a bill in 2015 that would have compelled fracking companies to have an environmental permit to carry out potentially environmentally damaging activities. [6]

Villiers has repeatedly voted against measures to prevent climate change.

Education and career

After university, Villiers worked as a barrister and as a lecturer in law at Kings College, London. [5]



  1. Juliette Jowit, Shiv Malik and Haroon Siddique, Cabinet reshuffle: who has moved so far?,, 4 September 2012.
  2. 'Whos in and whos out? May's new cabinet' 14 July 2016, BBC News, accessed 15 July 2016
  3. Full list of new cabinet ministers and other government appointments,, 13 May 2010.
  4. Theresa Villiers Express, accessed 19 May 2015
  5. 5.0 5.1 Theresa Villiers GOV.UK, accessed 30 October 2014
  6. Bill — New Clause 1 — Environmental Permits for Hydraulic Fracturing Activities, TheyWorkForYou, 25 January 2015, accessed 25 July 2019
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Register of interests of members' secretaries and research assistants, 23 March 2016,, accessed 25 April 2016