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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A pact with UKIP? Time for some facts

"It's perfectly simple," say some of my colleagues. "We Tories are on 35% and UKIP are on 15%. We do a deal with them and we get around 50% of the vote". Before you say anything, I've heard this very misguided calculation being made. I know that today's polls are a moment in time and not an accurate reflection of what will happen in May, but it is surely worth noting that a recent YouGov poll shows that, if the Conservatives and UKIP formed an electoral pact, Labour would be boosted to a 7 point lead. ...

Time to recognise Palestine

I voted in Parliament in favour of recognition for the state of Palestine. I felt I could do this because of the many people who have written to me and who came to my public meeting in Newbury Town Hall. In recent months I have been appalled by the misery and destruction being wrought on the people of Gaza. I support Israel’s right to defend itself from murderous rocket attacks by Hamas but I strongly believe that what was done in retaliation was so destructive to lives and the peace process...

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8th October 2014
Direct Democracy: A Public Meeting to discuss Community Cohesion and Integration
Newbury Town Hall
10th October 2014
Open Constituency Surgery
Waitrose, 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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