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A selection of Richard Benyon's votes
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Generally voted against a more proportional system for electing MPs Show votes
1 vote for, 4 votes against, 1 absence, between 2010–2016
Consistently voted for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the "bedroom tax") Show votes
15 votes for, 0 votes against, 3 absences, between 2012–2018
Generally voted for increasing the rate of VAT Show votes
16 votes for, 5 votes against, 6 absences, between 2010–2019
Generally voted against more EU integration Show votes
33 votes for, 77 votes against, 24 absences, between 2008–2019
Consistently voted for university tuition fees Show votes
4 votes for, 0 votes against, 1 absence, between 2010–2017
Generally voted for a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU Show votes
7 votes for, 4 votes against, 1 absence, between 2008–2016
We have lots more plain English analysis of Richard Benyon’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Richard Benyon’s full vote analysis page for more.
In my time on the Intelligence and Security Committee, I have built up a healthy respect for the way in which we conduct parliamentary scrutiny of our secret intelligence agencies. Indeed, other Parliaments from around the world come to see how we do it. There is much in the report that I would love to be able to talk about here, and I would love to address some of the more eccentric...
Mr Speaker, I wish you well and add to the plaudits by thanking you for the way you have represented my father’s old constituents of Buckingham. I know you have been assiduous in that. Many years ago, the Prime Minister was campaigning in Newbury to help get me elected when he was asked by the Newbury Weekly News whether there was any chance of him becoming Prime Minister. He said that he...
I always think that we get listened to better in this House if we can find something in what we say that is generous to the other side, so I will be generous and say that I welcome the Bill. I have come straight from the West Berkshire climate conference, which nearly 300 people attended. People from the community spoke with real passion about their interest in more than just dealing with...
More of Richard Benyon’s recent appearances
Former Independent MP for Newbury
Entered the House of Commons on 5 May 2005 — General election
Left the House of Commons on 6 November 2019 — Dissolved for election
Party was Conservative until 3 Sep 2019
Topics of interest
Richard Benyon campaigned to remain in the European Union
- Environment Food and Rural Affairs
- Home Department
- Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
- Department for Environment
- Food and Rural Affairs
- Whales: Conservation
- Fisheries: Quotas
- Defence: Exports
- War Pensions Committee
Other offices held in the past
- Member, Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament (16 Nov 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)
- Member, Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament (20 Oct 2016 to 3 May 2017)
- Member, Defence Sub-Committee (8 Sep 2015 to 31 Oct 2016)
- Member, Defence Committee (6 Jul 2015 to 31 Oct 2016)
- Member, Committees on Arms Export Controls (formerly Quadripartite Committee) (3 Nov 2014 to 30 Mar 2015)
- Member, Defence Committee (3 Nov 2014 to 30 Mar 2015)
- Member, Environmental Audit Committee (26 Jul 2010 to 25 Nov 2013)
- The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (17 May 2010 to 7 Oct 2013)
- Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (19 Jan 2009 to 6 May 2010)
- Opposition Whip (Commons) (3 Jul 2007 to 19 Jan 2009)
- Member, Home Affairs Committee (12 Jul 2005 to 22 Oct 2007)
Previous MPs in this constituency
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Public bill committees (Sittings attended)
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- Has spoken in 39 debates in the last year — average amongst MPs. See all Richard Benyon’s speeches
- Has received answers to 8 written questions in the last year — below average amongst MPs.
- Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a high number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2015, according to constituents.
- Has voted in 79.17% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — below average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
- This MP’s speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 17–18 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
- 129 people are tracking this MP
- Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 542 times in debates — above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)
Register of Members’ Interests
Last updated: 5 Nov 2019.
1. Employment and earnings
From 15 October 2015, director and Chair of the UK
Water Partnership, a not for profit company set up to promote the interests of the UK water sector. Until further notice, I will be paid £15,000 a year (£3,750 quarterly) for an expected annual commitment of 12-14 days. (Registered 28 October 2015)
2. (a) Support linked to an MP
but received by a local party organisation or indirectly via a central party organisation
Name of donor: Sir Philip Wroughton
Address of donor: private
Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: £3,000
Donor status: individual
(Registered 12 December 2018)
6. Land and property portfolio: (i) value over £100,000 and/or (ii) giving rental income of over £10,000 a year
Landholdings in Hampshire and Berkshire (some in my constituency
) comprising farmland, residential and commercial property, some potential development land, woodlands and gravel workings, for some of which rent is received: (i) and (ii)
Residential and commercial property in Hackney, for which rent is received: (i) and (ii)
Rural land and property in Inverness-shire: (i)
of property in these estates is held in family trusts in the trusteeship of Englefield Estate Trust Corporation Limited, of which I am Director. This is the trustee of various family trusts in all of which either I or members of my wider family have beneficial interests. (Updated 9 January 2014)
9. Family members employed and paid from parliamentary expenses
I employ my sister, Catherine Haig, as part time Senior Researcher
. (Registered 26 January 2017)
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