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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The EU: it’s decision time

It was not my intention to write about the EU referendum until nearer the referendum but, as this subject is engaging so many people, perhaps that time is now. The EU’s draft new deal for Britain, published last week, delivers substantial change in all four areas that Britain asked for. It ensures that our country is not bound up in ever closer union in Europe. It makes Europe more competitive. It ensures that, while keeping the pound, we are protected from discrimination by the Eurozone. And it addresses a key pull factor drawing migrants from within the EU to Britain. David Cameron is the first Prime Minister since 1975 to take power away from the EU...

Fighting “Lawfare”

I was pleased last week to secure a debate in Parliament on the development of something that has become known as “lawfare”. Over ten years after the end of operations in Iraq, British lawyers are trawling places like Basra finding people they can convince are “victims” and seeking to get them large sums in compensation. They do this by no-win-no-fee schemes or by using our taxes in legal aid...

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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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