Brought up in Dorset, with experience of life as a former journalist and soldier, Richard's aim is to serve the people of South Dorset.
Before turning to politics, he spent nine years in the Coldstream Guards, followed by 17 years as a journalist. He first qualified on the The Yorkshire Evening Press, and followed this with stints at Tyne Tees TV, The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Express. He moved onto broadcast journalism in 1999, joining BBC Radio Solent and BBC South Today and covering his home county of Dorset and the South West.
Married to Elsebet, from Norway, he has four children. He is Patron of a mental health charity and his 'Kids to Farm' project, where local schoolchildren spend a day on his farm, is proving hugely popular.
Following the 2010 General Election, Richard was appointed a member of the DEFRA select committee and takes a strong interest in agricultural and defence matters.