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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Green reasons to stay in

Co-signed by myself and others with a track record of standing up for the environment, this letter was published in the Spectator on 28th April:

Sir, As Conservatives we are clear that the European Union has been central to improving the quality of the UK’s environment. European policy is not always perfect, but on environmental issues it has allowed us to move forward in leaps and bounds. ...

The Queen at 90

Celebrations have happened across West Berkshire and all around Britain to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday. In Parliament we had a debate to allow MPs to pay tribute to our longest serving and much loved monarch. Tributes came not only from devout royalists like the Prime Minister but also from equally devout republicans like Jeremy Corbyn. All found the words to praise a lifetime’s commitment to service and duty...

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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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