Former minister is guest of local Tory party

Malvern Gazette: FORMER DEFRA minister Richard Benyon MP (centre) is welcomed to Birtsmorton Court by (from left) Patrons’ Club Chairman, Sir Jerry Wiggin, West Worcestershire Conservative Association president Prue Winton MBE and Mrs Rosalie Dawes. FORMER DEFRA minister Richard Benyon MP (centre) is welcomed to Birtsmorton Court by (from left) Patrons’ Club Chairman, Sir Jerry Wiggin, West Worcestershire Conservative Association president Prue Winton MBE and Mrs Rosalie Dawes.

FORMER minister Richard Benyon MP was the guest of local Tories at the historic Birtsmorton Court near Malvern.

Mr Benyon gave a talk on Friday (June 27) to the West Worcestershire Conservative Association Patrons’ Club, where he was welcomed by local MP Harriett Baldwin.

He said: “It was a huge pleasure to visit this beautiful location in Worcestershire and see how well Worcestershire cares for its local environment and heritage.”

Mr Beynon, a former soldier, was Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries until October 2013 and is a founder trustee of Help for Heroes.

Mrs Baldwin said: “It was a great pleasure to welcome Richard Benyon MP to Birtsmorton. He is much admired by colleagues and my constituents for his achievements as a minister, winning the "fish fight” reforms to the Common Fisheries Policy which will ban fish discards from 2015.”

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