Richard is the Parliamentary Candidate for South Norfolkand and is involved in several important campaigns, including the battle for clearer food labelling so that Norfolk farmers can get a fair deal and consumers can make an informed choice in the shops. He is a member of Diss and District Stockmen’s Club and lives in South Norfolk.
He has led moves to increase scrutiny of private finance initiative projects, including the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital (as featured in BBC Radio 4’s “File on 4” programme), as well as campaigning for government IT projects to be open to greater public scrutiny. Computer Weekly magazine described his efforts as “set to save millions of pounds”.
Richard is also a trenchant critic of financial mismanagement and fraud in the European Union.
Born in 1962, Richard was educated at The King’s School, Worcester, before going to the London School of Economics, where he took a First Class Honours degree in politics and economics. He also studied at the Goethe Institut in Berlin. After working in investment banking and financial journalism, Richard became an Associate Partner of Brunswick, a leading financial public relations consultancy, before setting up his own business, the English Word Factory, advising blue chip international companies on communications.
For relaxation, he enjoys reading, modern painting, music, including jazz and choral singing, and playing the bongos.
Richard first became active in politics in the late 1970s while still at school. He has held a wide variety of voluntary positions in the Conservative Party and was Chairman of Hammersmith Conservative Association. He was one of the founders of Geneva, the Conservative Party’s General Election Voluntary Agency and fought the Parliamentary seat of Vauxhall in the 1997 General Election.