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Richard Benyon is inviting anyone interested in the EU debate to come along to a Q&A session at Newbury Rugby Club on Friday 10th June.

‘This is a momentous decision for all of us and will affect the future of this country, and the future of our children and grandchildren. There is so much at stake and I am pleased that so many people are keen to engage in the debate and find out more.’

Doors open at the Monks Lane venue (RG14 7RW) at 6.45pm and the evening will start with a short talk at 7pm, followed by questions from the floor. Entry and parking free, no need to book. A cash bar will be available from 6.45pm. 


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Following the announcement of the death of David Rendel, Richard Benyon said:

“I have known David Rendel for over 25 years.  While we were long-time political opponents I always had respect for him as an individual and for what he achieved as Member of Parliament for Newbury.  I send my deepest condolences to Sue and the family.”

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Richard Benyon MP has welcomed the recent jobs figures showing that unemployment is at a record low in Newbury.

In the Newbury constituency, unemployment claimant level has dropped by 76% since 2010. It is 20% down on this time last year and a claimant number at 378 is a historic low.

This comes on top of great news for the South East as whole, with employment at 4.46 million, up 266,000 since 2010.

Mr Benyon said, “I am delighted employment figures remain at this record high and that unemployment for Newbury continues to fall.”

He went onto say: “this is very good news indeed but we must not get complacent – West Berkshire must continue to be the best place to start and grow a business.”

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Richard has posted a short survey on his website asking for the views of the local business community on the forthcoming referendum.

‘As MP for this busy and thriving area, I know there are many businesses in my constituency which make a huge contribution to both the local and national economy.

‘As we approach the date of the referendum on 23 June, I am keen to know their views on Europe. To this end I have posted a short survey on my website. You can access it here or via the get involved/surveys tab on

‘Answering the survey will only take a few minutes and I hope to reach as many businesses as possible. This is a momentous decision for all of us and I look forward to hearing the views of this important section of our community.’  

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Richard Benyon, Member of Parliament for Newbury, has welcomed new dedicated funding from the Government to fill nearly 1 million potholes across the UK. This includes £217,000 to fill an estimated 4,094 potholes in West Berkshire.

Local motorists will benefit from the dedicated funding after the Government announced that nearly £50 million of funding will be made available to local councils over the next 12 months.  This is part of a wider move to fill 157,282 potholes across the South East, with over 100 councils in England receiving funding. 

The funding has been made available to councils as part of the Government’s £250 million Pothole Action Fund included in last month’s budget, which will see over four million potholes fixed by 2020/21, and is part of the Government’s plan to invest in infrastructure to secure a better future for our economy. 

The local area stands to benefit from overall road maintenance funding of almost £4 million. The Department for Transport confirmed that, ‘In total, West Berkshire will receive £3,955,000 in 2016/17 as part of the government’s £6.1 billion investment for local road maintenance by 2020/21.’

Richard Benyon has welcomed the news saying, ‘The state of the roads in and around Newbury has been an issue for some time now and remains a great source of frustration for drivers.  This new funding is great news for West Berkshire.  I’ve been campaigning for a long time for greater investment in road repairs, and will be encouraging the Council to make full use of their allocation locally. 

‘I’m glad that the Government is investing both nationally and locally to improve the standard of our local roads.  It shows that we are delivering on our commitment to invest in infrastructure to attract businesses and secure Britain’s future.’

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Richard Benyon was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Newbury on 7 May 2015, with an increased majority of 26,368. Richard won 61 per cent of the vote share.



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