Richard has served three terms as the Member of Parliament for the Newbury constituency. At the 2017 General Election he was returned with a majority of 24,380.
He was born, raised and educated in West Berkshire. As well as being involved with a large number of local organisations, including Mary Hare School and Swings & Smiles, Richard is well known across the region as a farmer and businessman.
From 2010 until 2013, he served as the Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries, as part of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition. Prior to this appointment, he was the Shadow Minister for the Environment, Fisheries and Wildlife and has also served as a Whip.
He has remained very involved with environmental issues in Parliament, chairing the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Environment and vice-chair of the APPG for Waterways. As a former soldier and founder Trustee of the military charity Help for Heroes, he is also interested in matters of defence and continues to campaign for the rights of veterans. He served as a member of the Defence Select Committee until October 2016 and leads the UK Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, becoming a vice-president in November 2018. He has also held the role of Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Ethiopia, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
In October 2016 he was appointed to the Intelligence and Security Committee, a cross-party group which is tasked with scrutinising the intelligence services. In January 2017 the Queen appointed Richard as a member of her Privy Council.
Richard is married to Zoe, with whom he has two sons. He also has three sons from his previous marriage.