Theresa Villiers turned down non-Cabinet post at Home Office

The then 
Secretary of State, Theresa Villiers, being interviewed by the News Letter in Stormont House in May.
 Photo:Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The then Secretary of State, Theresa Villiers, being interviewed by the News Letter in Stormont House in May. Photo:Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

New Prime Minister Theresa May wanted to move Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers out of that position into a non-Cabinet post, the News Letter understands.

At lunch time today, Ms Villiers – who is just days away from being the second longest serving Northern Ireland Secretary – said that she was leaving the Government.

She said that “the new Prime Minister was kind enough to offer me a role but it was not one which I felt I could take on”.

The News Letter understands that Ms Villiers was offered the post of Security Minister at the Home Office.

That is a junior ministerial role (currently held by James Brokenshire) which would have meant Ms Villiers leaving the Cabinet.