A Quiet Word:
Lobbying, Crony Capitalism
and Broken Politics in Britain

Richard Henry Ronald Benyon, MRICS (born 21 October 1960) is a British Conservative Party politician. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Newbury since 2005 and was a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from May 2010 to October 2013. He is the richest MP of the House of Commons, with an estimated wealth of £110 million. [1]
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Roles

May 2011

Cabinet Office
  • Richard Benyon MP and Constituents met with Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, to discuss The Voluntary Sector within their Constituency. [8]

September 2011

Met with Renewable UK to discuss Natural Environment White Paper. [2]

Met with Heritage Lottery Fund to discuss Natural Environment White Paper. [2]

Met with Game and Wildlife Trust to discuss Natural Environment White Paper. [2]

Met with National Flood Forum for catch-up meeting. [2]

Met with Severn Trent Water to discuss Water White Paper. [2]

Met with Thames Water to discuss Thames Tunnel. [2]

Met with Community Transport Association to discuss Rural transport issues. [2]

Met with Water UK to discuss the Water White Paper. [2]

Met with Corporate Culture to discuss the Water White Paper. [2]

July 2011

Met with Economist to discuss Lunch with the Economist. [2]

Met with Renewable Energy Association to discuss MCZs and the UK renewables industry. [2]

Met with Balanced Sea MCZ to discuss Marine Conservation Zones (MCZ). [2]

June 2011

Met with 3 Counties Show to discuss Lunch. [3]

Met with Royal Bath and West Show to discuss President’s Lunch. [3]

Met with Scottish Fishermen’s Federation for catch-up. [3]

Met with Anglian Water to discuss water industry and plans for market reform. [3]

Met with Sainsbury’s to discuss CFP reform. [3]

Met with Sustainable Users Network to discuss the EU strategy on alien species. [3]

Met with Mr Ori Vigfússon to discuss Wild Salmon Fishing. [3]

May 2011

Met with Wildlife and Countryside Link to discuss Marine Conservation Zones and the conservation of species and habitats. [3]

Met with Avanti Communications to discuss rural broadband. [3]

Met with Peat Stakeholders to discuss Stakeholder engagement. [3]

Met with Wildlife and Countryside Link Whales Working Group to discuss strengthening the IWC. [3]

Met with Delegation of West African Fishermen to discuss CFP reform. [3]

Met with Country Land and Business Association to discuss Community Assets and Natural Environment White Paper. [3]

Met with Youngs Seafood Company for Stakeholder meeting. [3]

April 2011

Met with Oceans 2011 to discuss CFP reform. [3]

Met with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall to discuss follow-up meeting to the Fish Fight programme. [3]

Met with Mineral Products Association for Stakeholders meeting. [3]

March 2011

Met with Jesus College to discuss Climate change adaptation and the forthcoming white papers on the Natural Environment and Water. [4]

Met with The Cubbington Flood Forum for introductory meeting. [4]

Met with Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) for introductory meeting. [4]

Met with The Fishermen’s Association Limited for introductory meeting. [4]

Met with Regional Rural Affairs Fora (RRAF) for introductory meeting. [4]

Met with Mackerel Industry to discuss Mackerel quotas. [4]

Met with World Wildlife Fund to discuss CITES, Lions, Tigers and Whales. [4]

Met with Shellfish Association to discuss funding. [4]

Met with Wildlife and Countryside Link to discuss NEWP. [4]

Met with Buglife to discuss the decline of wild pollinators. [4]

Met with International Whaling Commission (IWC) for introductory meeting with the new chair. [4]

Met with Joint Nature Conservation Committee to discuss Green Infrastructure and biodiversity offsets. [4]

Met with Sharktrust to discuss the EU shark fining regulation. [4]

Met with Seafish to discuss Shared financial responsibility. [4]

Met with The End of the Line to discuss to meet film’s producers. [4]

Met with United Utilities to discuss to say goodbye to CEO in his current role and meet his successor. [4]

Met with Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) to discuss the Natural Environment Whitepaper (NEWP), peat, and Entry Level Stewardship scheme. [4]

Met with International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to discuss the ivory trade/ CITES. [4]

February 2011

Met with WWF to discuss Dinner. [4]

Met with Greenpeace for catch-up. [4]

Met with Conservation Rural Affairs Group to discuss to drop into their event. [4]

Met with Coastal Partnership Network to discuss local solutions to opening up coastal access. [4]

Met with Scottish Fishermen’s Federation to discuss CFP reform, and making and insuring Scottish representation. [4]

Met with Marine Fisheries Stakeholders for annual Forum. [4]

Met with Inland Waterways Association to discuss Mutualisation of British Waterways. [4]

Met with Thames Water to discuss water industry issues, in particular Thames Tunnel. [4]

Met with Plantlife to discuss Sustainable use of peat. [4]

Met with British Waterways to discuss the New Waterways Working Group and consultation publication. [4]

Met with Waterways Stakeholders to discuss to meet with Inland Waterways stakeholders ahead of consultation launch. [4]

Met with South West Lakes Trust to discuss to join the Trust for the launch of its Sustainable Development Plan to 2015. [4]

January 2011

Met with Estates Business Group to discuss rural affairs. [4]

Met with Association of Drainage Authorities (ADA) for introductory meeting. [4]

Met with Historic Houses Association for introductory meeting. [4]

Met with South West Water to discuss the launch of the Walker Review consultation. [4]

Met with WWF and Angling Trust to discuss their proposed judicial review. [4]

Met with Inland waterways Advisory Council to discuss volunteering and future funding reports. [4]

Met with WWF to discuss ecosystem services. [4]

Met with Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) to discuss Big Garden Birdwatch. [4]

Met with Joint Nature Conservation Committee for catch-up. [4]

December 2010

Met with British Trust for Ornithology for introductory meeting. [5]

Met with Heritage Lottery Fund for introductory meeting. [5]

Met with Campaign to Protect Rural England for introductory meeting. [5]

Met with Energy Saving Trust for introductory meeting. [5]

Met with National Fishermen’s Federation Organisation to discuss the MPA coalition. [5]

Met with Renewable UK to discuss the development of marine policy. [5]

Met with Born Free to discuss CITIES. [5]

Met with Whitby Fishermen to discuss future of fishing. [5]

Met with East of England Fish Producers Organisation to discuss issues of concern. [5]

November 2010

Met with Under 10m Fleet to discuss The future of the under 10m fleet. [5]

Met with National Fishermen’s Federation Organisation to discuss EU Norway. [5]

Met with Marine Conservation Society to discuss common fisheries policy, marine and coastal act and beach litter. [5]

Met with Plantlife to discuss ecosystem services. [5]

Met with Prince’s Sustainability Unit for introductory meeting. [5]

Met with Policy Exchange for introductory meeting. [5]

Met with South West Water to discuss charging. [5]

Met with Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society to discuss whaling. [5]

October 2010

Met with National Association of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty for introductory meeting. [5]

Met with Wildlife Trusts for introductory meeting. [5]

Met with Coastnet for introductory meeting. [5]

Met with Plunkett Foundation for introductory meeting. [5]

Met with Shellfish Association for introductory meeting. [5]

Met with Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust for introductory meeting. [5]

Met with Red Squirrel Survival Trust for introductory meeting. [5]

Met with Food and Drink Federation for introductory meeting. [5]

Met with Arthur Rank Centre for introductory meeting. [5]

Met with Baltic Sea to discuss Common Fisheries Policy reform. [5]

Met with British Water to discuss Board of Directors round-table to brief the Minister on key issues affecting the industry. [5]

Met with Country and Landowners Association to discuss flooding. [5]

Met with Waterwise to discuss drought planning. [5]

Met with Horticultural Trade Association to discuss drought planning. [5]

Met with Wightlink to discuss Lymington Ferry. [5]

Met with Wildlife and Countryside Link to discuss the Spending Review. [5]

Met with Horticultural Trade Association to discuss Peat. [5]

Met with Horticultural Development Company to discuss Peat. [5]

Met with National Farmers Union to discuss Peat. [5]

Met with Vital Earth Ltd to discuss Peat. [5]

Met with Garden Centre Group to discuss Peat. [5]

Met with William Sinclair PLC to discuss Peat. [5]

Met with Westland Horticulture to discuss Peat. [5]

Met with B&Q to discuss Peat. [5]

Met with British Telecom to discuss rural broadband. [5]

Met with Southern Water to discuss universal metering. [5]

Met with National Fishermen’s Federation Organisation to discuss TAC priorities. [5]

September 2010

Met with Scottish Fishermen's Federation for introductory meeting. [6]

Met with Wildlife and Countryside Link and Marine Conservation Society (MCS) for introductory meeting. [6]

Met with Darwin Advisory Committee for introductory meeting. [6]

Met with National Flood Forum for introductory meeting. [6]

Met with Atlantic Salmon Trust and Salmon & Trout Association to discuss salmon and freshwater fisheries issues. [6]

Met with Flood Summit which includes the National Flood Forum, Local Government Association, Fortis Insurance UK, Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters, British Insurance Broker's Association, and Association of British Insurers for Ministers from Defra, HMT and CLG; ABI, BIBA and insurers, MPs, LGA, selected local authorities, Tenants Services Authority, Environment Agency, National Flood Forum. [6]

Met with Sustainable Users Network to discuss CITES issues. [6]

Met with Association of Sea Fisheries Committees for Association of Sea Fisheries Committees Annual statutory meeting. [6]

Met with Angling Trust - Mark Lloyd for discussion about fisheries. [6]

Met with Association of Sea Fisheries Committees for Association of Sea Fisheries Committees statutory meeting. [6]

Met with GLOBE to discuss Natural Capital. [6]

Met with English Access Forum, Ramblers, and BMC for meeting about Public Access to the Natural Environment. [6]

Met with NEWP Advisory Panel to discuss First meeting of panel. [6]

Met with NPA Chairs for discussion of the Governance review. [6]

Met with CITES for meeting with CITES Secretary general. [6]

August 2010

Met with Ofwat for discussion of Thames tunnel. [6]

July 2010

Met with Association of British Insurers for introductory meeting. [7]

Met with Association of Drainage Authorities for introductory meeting. [7]

Met with British Association for Shooting Conservation for introductory meeting. [7]

Met with English National Park Authorities Association for introductory meeting. [7]

Met with UK Association of Fish Producer Organisations for introductory meeting. [7]

Met with Action with Communities in Rural England for introductory meeting. [7]

Met with Scottish Fishermen's Federation for introductory meeting. [7]

Met with New Under Ten's Fishermen's Association for introductory meeting. [7]

June 2010

Met with National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations for introductory meeting. [7]

Met with Water UK for introductory meeting. [7]

Met with Food and Drink Federation for introductory meeting. [7]