Record breaking employment figures released today are evidence that this Government’s long-term economic plan is working, with the highest employment rate in history.


Private sector employment and vacancies in the economy have also broken records


Over the course of this Parliament, our priorities have been: 

  • Leading the world in food and farming


  • Protecting our country from floods and animal and plant disease 


With this Budget we choose to secure a better future. 


• Cutting income taxes for 27 million hard-working people, and cancelling Labour’s planned rise in fuel duty.


• A new Help to Buy ISA for first time buyers – so if you save up

• When we came into Government in 2010 we faced a massive budget deficit including a £38 billion defence black hole. We had to make difficult decisions to turn that around and balance the budget.

• We have made our defence forces more efficient and we are investing in the latest military

To build a Britain that gives every child the best start in life, we are committing to:

• A good primary school place for every child with zero tolerance for failure.

• Turn every failing and coasting secondary school into an academy, and deliver free schools for parents and


  • We believe the NHS should be valued, protected – and improved. We know that you can only have a strong NHS if you have a strong economy. 


  • Our long-term economic plan means we have been able to increase the NHS budget by £12.9 billion

Welfare in South Dorset

• The total number of Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) claimants in South Dorset constituency in February 2015 was 885. This represents a fall of 41.08% since April 2010, when claimants numbered 1502. In contrast, in the five years before this Government came to power


  Over the course of this Parliament, our priorities have been:...
With this Budget we choose to secure a better future.    •...
  We believe the NHS should be valued, protected – and improved...

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If you want to remind yourself how far we've come as a country, just take a look at this great new interactive map

It shows how, across the country, businesses are opening, jobs are being created, young people are starting apprenticeships, more children are going to good schools, and more families are moving into a home of their own.

Try it now to see how our plan is securing a brighter future for people in your area:

It is amazing how far we've come since Labour left Britain with a note that said 'There is no money'.

But all the progress we've made would be put at risk by Ed Miliband, propped up by the SNP. Their plans for more borrowing, more debt and more taxes would wreck the economy, and take us back to square one.

We can't let that happen.

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Richard is named Beer Champion!


Richard has been awarded the title 'Parliamentary Beer Champion' for his support for local pubs, the brewing industry and beer drinkers. 

The award was presented on 24 February by the British Beer & Pub Association and SIBA, the Society of Independent Brewers. 


Dissolution of Parliament

Profile pictureMuch of the content of this website was established while I was a Member of Parliament. As Parliament has been dissolved there are no MPs until after the Election on 7 May 2015.

HAVING represented you for the past five years, I hope I have proved myself to be independent minded, standing up without fear or favour for South Dorset in Parliament and in the constituency. The campaign promises to be exciting and I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible. For me, this election is about the very future of our country. We inherited a terrible mess in 2010 and the Government has done a remarkable job in turning the economy around. We cannot be complacent, though, as there is still much to do. We are the only Party offering a referendum on our future relationship with the EU. You only have to look at countries within the eurozone to see what happens to those who ditch their currency. South Dorset has huge potential and exciting times lie ahead as the country continues to recover economically. My vision for the constituency is of a thriving community, with everyone working together to boost growth and create more jobs and prosperity for our future and that of our children. (Photograph courtesy of Dorset Echo)