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.



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‘Streamlining’ does not necessarily always mean good news especially when it relates to large infrastructure projects but on the back of such an announcement from the Department for Transport, the latest update from Network Rail is on balance good news for West Berkshire. Although the completion date has been pushed back to December 2018, the decision has been taken to concentrate funding within the electrification programme to schemes that will bring the most passenger benefits to the most people in the shortest possible time. This means that electrification of the line to Newbury (and on to Bristol and Cardiff) is being prioritised and you should start seeing the benefits in 2017...

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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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