Richard Graham was elected Gloucester’s MP in May 2010, with a majority of 2,420 and a swing of 8.9% from Labour to Conservative. He was re-elected in May 2015 with a further swing of 5.4% from Labour to Conservative, and re-elected again in June 2017 with 50.3% of the vote.
Richard lives with his wife Anthea and children near the city centre. Richard was brought up in Gloucestershire, and his father, sister and brother all live there. Anthea has worked at St Peter's School, was a longstanding trustee of the Family Haven and is a travel specialist.
Richard has served as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Lord Howell of Guildford and then Sir Hugo Swire at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and has served David Cameron and Theresa May as the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy to Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and the ASEAN EC.
Richard is the Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Groups for China, Marine Energy & Tidal Lagoons and Indonesia. He served on the Work and Pensions Select Committee from 2015 to 2017 including as a member on the Joint Select Committee enquiry into BHS and Co-Chaired the Joint Select Committee into Supported Housing. He was elected onto the Select Committee for Leaving the EU in September 2017.
Richard was instrumental in changing the law on causing serious injury by driving when uninsured and drunk: and on doubling the maximum sentence for the worst stalking offences.
Before entering Parliament, Richard worked for John Swire & Sons, mostly with Cathay Pacific Airways, and was General Manager of Cathay Pacific in France and the Philippines as well as working in Indonesia, Hong Kong and London.
In 1986 he joined the Foreign Office and was posted to Kenya (as Second, and later First, Secretary) in the British High Commission. He was then First Secretary in the British Embassy, Peking, as well as British Trade Commissioner China from Hong Kong and Consul for Macau during the period from Tiananmen Square to 1992.
Richard then worked for Barings plc (later ING Barings) as Chief Representative of their China office and was a Director of Baring Asset Management from 1995 to 2010, running their International and later Institutional Business. He was a director of The Greater China Fund Inc and Chairman of the International Financial Services Ltd (IFSL) Pensions Group.
Richard was a Councillor in the Cotswold District Council from 2003-7, and Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee from 2006-7.
Richard has been involved in charities much of his working life. He helped run the British High Commissioner in Nairobi’s Small Aid Projects in the mid 1980s, financing small women's groups before such micro finance became more widely used and then was adviser, later director, of the charity Care for Children, the first Anglo-Chinese joint venture charity that has taken about half a million children into foster care. Richard has been a trustee of the Gloucestershire Community Foundation since 2007. He founded the Gloucester History Festival in 2011, and chairs the Gloucester History Trust (a Charitable Incorporated Organisation or CIO).
Richard plays cricket for Gloucester City Cricket Club and occasionally the Gloucestershire Gypsies, and the Gloucestershire over 50s. Richard loves watching Gloucester Rugby and hopes to get the Tigers (Gloucester City Football Club) back to Meadow Park.