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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In touch?

A general malaise with politics often sees comments being made about MPs being either out of touch or not in the real world. It's true some are. But most aren't. It's hard to represent any constituency and be immune to both the good and the bad in society. Just looking at an average week makes the point. I will have an advice surgery which will bring problems as varied as housing, benefits, neighbour disputes, immigration issues and domestic violence. And that's just the tip of the iceberg....

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. ...

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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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