Richard is now serving his third term as the Member of Parliament for the Newbury constituency. At the 2015 General Election, Richard increased his 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 and Smiles, Richard is well known across the region for being a farmer and businessman.

From 2010 until 2013, Richard 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.

As a former soldier, founder Trustee of the military charity Help for Heroes, and as member of both the Defence Select Committee and NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Richard takes a great interest in matters of defence and more specifically, the welfare of service personnel and their families.

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

 

 

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

 

 

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General Election 2015

Thank you to all the excellent volunteers. Without all your efforts, the outstanding results of 7 May would not have been possible. Thank you too, to all those who took the time to vote for me and for my party. If you have been inspired by recent political events and would like to join the Conservative Party, or indeed just find out more, please visit West Berkshire Conservative Association’s website http://www.wbca.org.uk/membership, or alternatively e-mail office@wbca.org.uk

 

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