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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Dear Reverend Giles Fraser,
You wrote an article in the Guardian online which has prompted some criticism in recent days. You and I have had a twitter spat about it which didn’t really add to the sum total of human happiness so I thought I would write in more than 140 characters why I thought your piece was wrong. ...

The morning after the night before

I am writing this after two hours sleep, I'm back at the Racecourse for the West Berkshire Council count. Party activists are standing in groups in various degrees of euphoria or devastation, but all with minds numbed by fatigue.

I can't really believe our result in the Newbury constituency. I was selected to fight the seat in the 1990s when there was a Liberal Democrat majority of over 22,000. Last night we secured a Conservative majority of over 26,000 and a total vote that is one of the highest in the country. I was looking over my Agent's shoulder as he jotted down the numbers and I berated him for getting his maths wrong. I thought he had wrongly put a 2 in front of the other numbers. He let me gently know that I was magnificently in the wrong. A staggering result. ...

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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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