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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We have a big decision to make, a decision that will shape not just our future but our children’s futures. Should we remain in the EU or should we leave?

There are arguments on both sides - the EU does lots of good things but there’s lots wrong with it too. If the answer was obvious, the polls wouldn’t be so close. I’m grateful to the thousands of constituents who have attended the public meetings I held around the constituency, spoken to me when I have been out campaigning or emailed me to let me know their views.

Having listened to all the arguments, I believe that we should remain in the EU for four main reasons. ...

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Jo Cox’s murder is foremost a personal tragedy for her family. Her death is also a real loss to Parliament. I didn't know Jo well but I knew she was one of those people who was born to be an MP. She was everywhere in Parliament. One moment speaking without notes and knowledgeably about Syria, the next in a meeting of the All Party Group on Ending Homelessness. She turned her hand to so many subjects and had seemed to have grasped from the start how to be effective. She was quick of mind, full of life's experiences and someone who in just a year had made many friends and admirers across the House...

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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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