Villiers was the son of Reverend Charles Villiers of Croft, Yorkshire, and his wife Florence Mary (née Tyssen-Amherst). His great-grandfather, the Hon. George Villiers, was the third son of Thomas Villiers, 1st Earl of Clarendon.
He resigned from holy orders to pursue a political career, and was elected to the House of Commons for Brighton at a by-election on 5 April 1905 caused by the appointment of one of the two members as a minister. He won the by-election by 817 votes and held the seat at the 1906 general election, increasing his majority to 853, but then chose not to contest the January 1910 general election.
- "Obituary: Mr. E. A. Villiers". 27 September 1923. p. 12.
- "Villiers, Ernest Amherst (VLRS885EA)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- The Liberal Year Book for 1910, pp.218-219
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Ernest Villiers
- http://www.stirnet.com/ (subscription only)
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Brighton
1905 – 1910
With: Bruce Vernon-Wentworth 1905–1906
Aurelian Ridsdale 1906–1910
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