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 the next nine years. He became one of the station's senior reporters, working across the south of England and occasionally abroad. Those trips saw him filming from 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. Running his farming business keeps Richard in touch with business.
Richard is a Patron of a mental health charity and supports several others. His Kids To Farm project, where children from local schools spend a day on his farm, is proving hugely popular.
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Richard has got stuck into a wide range of issues, which have seen him fighting for schools, pensioners, hospitals, fishermen, local services, prison officers and of course for individual constituents.
His Kids To Farm project has seen hundreds of youngsters from South Dorset out on his farm, learning about the countryside and how our food is produced.
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