Richard Benyon has served as the Member of Parliament for the Newbury constituency in the UK since 2005.
From 2010 until 2013, he 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.
He remains very involved with environmental issues in Parliament, chairing the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Environment and vice-chair of the APPG for Waterways. As a former soldier and founder Trustee of the military charity Help for Heroes, he is also interested in matters of defence and continues to campaign for the rights of veterans. He served as a member of the Defence Select Committee in Parliament until October 2016. In October 2016 he was appointed to the Intelligence and Security Committee, a cross-party group which is tasked with scrutinising the intelligence services. In January 2017 the Queen appointed him a member of her Privy Council.
Mr Benyon joined the NATO PA in 2014 as a member of the Economics and Security Committee, serving as Rapporteur of the Sub-Committee on Transition and Development in 2014-2017 and since 2017 as Vice-Chairperson of the full Committee. He has led the UK Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly since 2015 and was elected Vice-President of the Assembly in November 2018.
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