Barnet is one of the country’s most diverse boroughs, with residents from an immensely wide range of different cultural, religious, ethnic and national backgrounds. Theresa’s campaigning priorities reflect that diversity with a focus on a number of issues looking out to the wider world. Some of these include:
- Supporting the cause of a united Cyprus, gaining assurances from the Prime Minister that Britain would support the talks aimed at delivering a negotiated settlement;
- Working extensively to combat anti-Semitism and speaking up in Parliament in support of the state of Israel;
- Working with Chipping Barnet’s Tamil community to highlight the plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka and issues resulting from the country’s long civil war;
- Bringing MPs together in Parliament to support Christians facing persecution around the world;
- Raising concerns about oppression and human rights abuse in Iran.
Read more about current and past campaigns below:
A reunited Cyprus
For more than 15 years, Theresa has been campaigning for justice for Cyprus and supporting efforts to reunify the island. Recently, she gained assurances from the Prime Minister at PMQs that the UK Government would give its full support the talks between President Anastasiades and Mustapha Akinci to secure a negotiated settlement for a free and united Cyprus. In January, she and other Conservative MPs met Europe Minister Alan Duncan to urge him to ensure the British Government takes every step it can to assist in the negotiations.
April 2018: Happy Easter to the Cypriot community
October 2017: Villiers attends 2017 Morphou Rally in Cyprus
October 2016: Support for Barnet twin town Morphou
September 2016: A free and united Cyprus: Villiers receives assurances from PM
January 2016: Will 2016 see progress on Cyprus settlement?
Theresa has worked extensively to combat anti-Semitism, working with the police and organisations such as the Community Security Trust. She has repeatedly spoken up in support of the state of Israel, and has been a member of Conservative Friends of Israel for many years. She opposes boycott campaigns and has urged the government to take action to ensure that UK aid to the Palestinian authority is not misused and diverted to support payments to terrorists. In Parliament and outside, she has called on Labour and the Liberal Democrats to condemn anti-Semitism in politics.
April 2018: MPs unite to condemn antisemitism
January 2018: MP attends Holocaust Memorial Day event in Barnet
February 2017: Villiers visits Israel and the West Bank
January 2017: Villiers signs Holocaust Memorial Day Book of Commitment
November 2016: Centenary of the Balfour Declaration
October 2016: Supporting Israel: Speech at CFI reception
January 2016: Holocaust Memorial Day supported by Barnet MPs
February 2015: Villiers welcomes APPG report on anti-Semitism
Supporting the persecuted church around the world
Theresa is gravely concerned about the discrimination and violence faced by Christians in many countries around the world. For the past two years, Theresa has brought MPs together in Parliament to discuss the ‘World Watch List’ produced by the Open Doors charity: a list of 50 countries where Christians face persecution because of their faith. The 2017 report highlights the link between the increase in religious persecution and the global migrant crisis.
January 2017: Persecuted Christians receive support from MP
January 2016: Launch of ‘World Watch List’
January 2015: Chipping Barnet MP at Religious Freedom Report Launch
Campaigning for justice for Tamils in Sri Lanka
After her Tamil constituents came to see her to set out their concerns about war crimes committed during the military conflict in Sri Lanka, Theresa pledged to support their campaign for accountability for those responsible. She is working with the Tamil community to promote a negotiated settlement to deliver justice and political equality for Tamils in Sri Lanka. She helped set up the British Tamil Conservatives to encourage this minority community to get involved in politics and ensure their voice is heard. She was also one of the founder members of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Tamils when it was recently re-established.
February 2018: Theresa Villiers MP condemns actions of Sri Lankan diplomat
October 2016: Speech to British Tamil Conservatives
April 2015: Villiers campaigns for justice for Tamils
Standing up against human rights abuses in Iran
At the invitation of one of her British Iranian constituents, Theresa joined a rally in Trafalgar Square November 2016 to protest against human rights abuses in Iran. She is a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Iran Freedom.
In the past, she repeatedly raised concerns with the Iranian Government about a constituent who she believes was kidnapped and killed by the Iranian authorities. Last year, she contacted Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson last year to highlight the cases of three British citizens who have been imprisoned in Evin prison in Iran. She is urging Boris to press the Iranian authorities for the release of 77 year old Kamal Foroughi, held for over 5 and a half years and deprived of urgent cataracts surgery needed to avoid going blind; 37 year old Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, held since April 2016; her 2 year old daughter Gabriella has had her UK passport confiscated by the Iranian authorities; 50 year old Roya Nobakht, held for over 3 years.
February 2017: Villiers speaks out on plight of women in Iran
November 2016: Rally against human rights abuses in Iran
Theresa is committed to working to combat the abuse of animals both at home and abroad. She has spoken up in Parliament on many occasions to call for stronger rules to protect animals from unnecessary suffering.
April 2018: Progress in campaign to end live exports
February 2018: Ban on live animal exports moves a step closer
October 2017: Barnet MP proposes Bill to ban live exports
September 2017: Ban live exports!