Richard Benyon was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Natural Environment, Water and Rural Affairs from May 2010 to October 2013. He was elected Conservative MP for Newbury on 5 May 2005.
Richard was educated at Bradfield College and the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester.
He served as Opposition Whip from 2007 to 2009 and as Shadow Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from 2009 to 2010.
Career outside politics
Following a career in the army, where he served with the Royal Green Jackets from 1980 to 1985, Richard qualified as a chartered surveyor and ran a business which included farming, forestry and the management of rural and urban housing.
Richard is married with 2 children and has 3 children from his previous marriage.