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Richard Benyon MP

Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Natural Environment and Fisheries

Richard BenyonRichard Benyon MP was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State on 14 May 2010.


  • Apprenticeships
  • Biodiversity
  • Coastal and wider access, countryside and rights of way
  • Coastal erosion
  • Departmental administration
  • Ecosystem services
  • EU Fisheries Council
  • Fisheries, including CFP
  • Flooding and water (including Nitrates)
  • Inland waterways (including British Waterways)
  • International forestry policy
  • JNCC
  • Land management (including commons and contaminated land) and soil
  • Marine and Coastal Access Act implementation
  • Marine Environment
  • Marine Management Organisation
  • National parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty
  • Natural environment
  • Pesticides
  • Rural Affairs
  • Wildlife


Richard Benyon has been MP for Newbury since May 2005. Before coming to government Mr Benyon served as a Shadow Minister for the Environment, Fisheries and Wildlife. Prior to this appointment he was a Party Whip.  He has also served on the Home Affairs Select Committee.

Mr Benyon lives in West Berkshire where he is a farmer. He is a former soldier and is a founder Trustee of the charity Help for Heroes. Mr Benyon is married to Zoe, with whom he has two sons. He also has three sons from his previous marriage.

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