About Richard

Almost 10 years after he was first elected, Richard is fighting to honour the referendum result and leave the EU.

He believes it is a matter of trust and that our proud democracy has been rocked by the refusal of a large number of MPs to accept the result of that vote.

At this election there is now a clear choice.

We get Brexit done with the Prime Minister’s new deal, or face more delay and the very real likelihood that we will not leave at all.

Before pursuing a political career, Richard was a soldier for nine years.

He served across the world, including Germany, Cyprus, Kenya, Brunei, Hong Kong, the United States, London and three operational tours in Northern Ireland.

Richard enjoyed a variety of activities, ranging from ceremonial duties, such as Trooping the Colour to mark the Queen's birthday, to parachuting with the Guards' freefall team.

On leaving the army, he studied land management for three years at the Royal Agricultural College, near Cirencester, before embarking on a career in journalism, which spanned 17 years.

His early years were spent with the Yorkshire Evening Press, a daily broadsheet in York, where Richard qualified as a professional journalist.

While attempting to break into broadcasting, Richard did stints at Tyne Tees TV, the Daily Express and the Daily Telegraph.

Finally, he joined BBC Radio Solent and BBC South Today, where he spent nine years.

He became one of the station's senior reporters, working across the south of England and occasionally abroad.

Those trips took him to Haiti, Florida and South America.

In 2006 he was selected as the Conservative parliamentary candidate for South Dorset.

At the same time, he took over the family business and retired from the BBC.

Richard, who has four children, is married to Elsebet, who is from Norway.

Richard is honoured to have been asked to become an Honorary Watchkeeper at Portland’s Coastwatch station, which is run by volunteers.

Keen to educate children about the countryside, Richard continues to invite schoolchildren to his farm every year.

It has proved hugely popular.

Over the past nine years as MP, Richard has thrown himself into many causes and campaigns.

In addition to serving his constituents, Richard’s role has seen him representing many causes and organisations, such as schools, farmers, police, pensioners, hospitals, fishermen, local services, our Armed Forces and prison officers.

If re-elected, he would continue to serve, without fear or favour.