Richard Benyon was elected as the Conservative MP for Newbury in 2005 and re-elected in 2010 with a majority of 12,248.

He was born and brought up in West Berkshire. As well as being a local farmer and businessman, Richard has been involved in a number of local organisations. These include the Citizens Advice Bureau, Mary Hare School or the deaf and the Kennet and Pang Valley Countryside Project. He was a local Councillor in the 1990’s.

He served as Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries as part of the Conservative-Liberal Coalition Government until October 2013. Prior to this appointment he was the Shadow Minister for the Environment, Fisheries and Wildlife. He has also served as a Party Whip and on the Home Affairs Select Committee.

As a former soldier and a founder Trustee of the charity Help for Heroes, Richard takes a great interest in defence issues and the welfare of servicemen and their families. Other special interests include, Africa, particularly Zimbabwe, Northern Ireland and of course, rural affairs.

He has campaigned on a number of health issues including care for those with learning difficulties in the NHS and was a member of the All Party Kidney Group and the All Party Group for Specialist Orthopaedic Services and Hospitals before becoming a Minister.

Richard is married to Zoe, with whom he has two sons, Louis & Jimmy. He also has three sons, Harry, Thomas and Freddie, from his previous marriage


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Two Christmas heroes

Some months ago, I was privileged to meet Shalyce Lawrence in the House of Commons. She grew up in care and now campaigns for care leavers. Children in care are cut loose by the state when they reach 18.For many life is tough and Christmas is a particularly grim and lonely time. For Shalyce, Christmas was a ready meal for one and no one to talk to. When one of her closest friends committed suicide just before Christmas she resolved to try to ensure no care leaver should spend the day alone...

Westminster Diary 15th December 2014

Iraq and Jordan
I spent last week in Iraq and Jordan with the Defence Select Committee. Our job is to monitor the actions of the Ministry of Defence. The greatest priority at the moment is the fight against ISIS in Iraq. The Committee is doing an inquiry into how effective UK forces are as part of the international coalition. The Committee divided in two with half going to Kurdish areas in northern Iraq and my half visiting Baghdad. We then joined up for 24 hours in Jordan ...

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Sainsbury's, Newbury
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In addition to his campaigns on Trains, Broadband, Job's and Skills and Flooding, Richard is actively involved in supporting his constituents with personal issues and is always willing to listen to their opinions on matters that concern them.


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