Richard Benyon has been appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Defra.
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.
Growing up in Reading, Richard attended the Royal Agricultural College. He is a riparian landowner and farmer on the Kennett & Avon Canal, and a former soldier and founder of the charity help for heroes.
He is a vice president of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust and a keen angling supporter.
Mr Benyon said he was very pleased to join the government and looked forward to meeting Mrs Spelman. "When we were in opposition there were a lot of things we wanted to do and couldn't achieve, but now we can move forward," he said.