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. 



Latest Blogs

Election blog - 12 days to go.

At last foreign Affairs has got onto the agenda in this election. Good. How it got on to the agenda was bad. Ed Miliband made a very unwise move in "weaponising" hundreds of dead migrants to attack David Cameron. He accused the Prime Minister of being in part responsible for the awful human tragedy in the south Mediterranean because of the lack of post conflict activity after the fall of Gadhafi in Libya.

Election blog - 16 days to go.

The call to “end austerity” echoes from the Scottish glens and the Welsh valleys with the SNP and Plaid Cymru leading the way respectively. It is echoed in the Aussie twang of that great seer of our time, Natalie Bennett of the Greens. Austerity is spoken of as if it is an end in itself. As if those who have imposed it on us believe austerity is how you do things. Perhaps we need to remind people what it is and why we need it for a few more years...

Election blog - 17 days to go.

Last Friday we had an election hustings at Kennet School in Thatcham. I was disappointed that only about 70 people from a community of 25,000 turned up. Of those a fair proportion were Liberal Democrat Councillors and activists. Part of me wanted to ask at the outset who in the room had yet to decide how to vote but I didn’t want to “do a Farage” by questioning the partiality of the audience...

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