About Richard

Richard is now serving his third term as the Member of Parliament for the Newbury constituency. At the 2015 General Election he was returned with an increased majority which now stands at 26,368.

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 remains very involved with environmental issues in Parliament, chairing the All Party Parliamentary Environment Group and 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 has campaigned 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. He is 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 by Parliament to hold the UK intelligence services to account.

Richard is married to Zoe, with whom he has two sons. He also has three sons from his previous marriage.

 

 

Latest Blogs

'This sitting is now suspended'

These words from the Deputy Speaker, Lindsay Hoyle, were the first indication that something was wrong in Parliament. They came during a division, a vote in Parliamentary terms. I had just hurried back from a meeting a few blocks from Parliament and must have missed the attack by about four minutes. What then followed was for me, not a lot. We were sealed in the Chamber and what is called the Members Lobby while police and others ran around checking to see if the attacker had any accomplices in the building. At one point a man in civilian clothes, body armour and a ski mask carrying an automatic weapon ran up to one of the doors to the Members Lobby. Finding it locked he splintered the door plate with one kick. Later I asked one of the badged messengers (usually ex-military types who manage and protect the workings of Parliament), about this and he replied, ‘all he had to do was knock’...

Westminster diary

On Monday I attended the All Party Group on Park Homes. I have hundreds of constituents who choose to live in Park Homes and many of them do so with a good relationship with the Park owner. Sadly, some do not. Much has been done in recent years to make law tougher on rogue Park owners but there are still changes I want to see...

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Chamber is packed. Am sitting on floor. Feels like shortage of oxygen down here

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More Information

Richard Benyon was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Newbury on 7 May 2015, with an increased majority of 26,368. Richard won 61 per cent of the vote share.

 

 

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