Defra Confirm Richard Benyon is new Waterway Minister

Issue date: 1 June 2010

Richard Benyon MP Newbury (on the K& A) was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Defra on 14 May 2010.

Mr Benyon served as a Shadow Minister for the Environment, Fisheries and Wildlife. Prior to this appointment he was a Party Whip. He has also served on the Home Affairs Select Committee.

He is a riparian landowner and farmer on the Kennett, and a former soldier and founder of the charity help for heroes.

He is a vice president of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust , and a keen angling supporter.