Richard has served as the Member of Parliament for Newbury for the past ten years and is defending a majority of 12,248 at the forthcoming General Election.
He was born, raised and educated in West Berkshire and as well as being involved with a number of local organisations, is well known across the region for being a farmer and businessman.
For the first three years of this Parliament, Richard served in Government as the Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries. 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, founder Trustee of the charity Help for Heroes and member of the Defence Select Committee, Richard takes a great interest in defence issues and the welfare of service personnel and their families.
At the forthcoming General Election his key campaign priorities include:
✓Supporting local schools and ensuring our young people have the best possible start in life.
✓To protect our local NHS and improve care for those with mental illness.
✓To ensure continued investment in our local transport network, especially rail.
✓Affordable housing for local hardworking people.
✓Ensuring West Berkshire is the best place in Britain to start and grow a business.
Richard is married to Zoe, with whom he has two sons. He also has three sons from his previous marriage.