Campaigns

Fairer funding for Dorset Schools

As a member of the f40 group, Richard has long backed the fairer schools funding campaign, which aimed to end the inequity whereby inner city schoolchildren were allotted almost twice the amount per capita as rural children.

Flood Relief For Weymouth

Richard brought together DEFRA minister, Therese Coffey, and Tri-Council Partnership Chief Executive, Matt Prosser in a bid to win extra funds for flood relief in Weymouth.

Getting faster, better trains to Weymouth

In his quest to improve rail services from London to Weymouth, Richard is is now working with new South Western Railway franchisees, FirstGroup and MTR, who took over on August 20th, 2017.

Supporting the Western Relief Road

Richard has long backed the Western Route relief road which, if constructed, would go from Chickerell to Ferrybridge, providing a bypass for the congested A354 corridor through Rodwell and Wyke Regis.

A new Engineering Department for Weymouth College

Richard is strongly backing Weymouth College's bid for £20 million to establish a new, engineering department.

A strong advocate for apprenticeships, Richard originally teamed up with the College to create the first Apprenticeship Fair in 2014.

Freeing Sergeant Alexander Blackman

Richard has championed the case of Sergeant Alexander Blackman, the former Royal Marine imprisoned for shooting and killing a wounded Taliban fighter in 2011. The case has been controversial - Sergeant Blackman was filmed in the act - but campaigners maintain that the senior non-commissioned officer was operating under intolerable pressure in impossible conditions, without adequate support.

Retaining maternity and paediatric services at Dorset County Hospital

Dorset's Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has made it clear that provision of healthcare in Dorset is, "unsustainable in terms of staffing, facilities and finances." Problems include the rural location and long distances to travel, more complex deliveries of more babies, small hospitals with overstretched staff and care organised according to NHS boundaries, rather than need.

Defeating Navitus Bay wind farm

11th September, 2015. "The Secretary of State does not consider that the Applicant has made a sufficiently robust case for granting development consent." With these words, the Department for Energy and Climate change rejected the Navitus Bay proposal to build a giant windfarm, the size of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch combined, just nine miles off Swanage.