Richard Fuller was born in Bedford and lives in the heart of the constituency. He was raised and educated locally before leaving for Oxford University to study for his BA. Richard subsequently completed an MBA at Harvard Business School.
As a born and bred Bedfordian, Richard is a passionate and powerful advocate for our town. He believes that nurturing and strengthening locally owned businesses, ensuring excellence in educational attainment in our local schools and promoting Bedford as a family town are the essential keys to the future strength of our community.
Before being elected to Parliament, Richard was a partner in the strategy consulting firm, LEK Consulting and a founding partner of the venture capital group at Investcorp. Richard helped start a number of small businesses and has worked in Australia, the United States, the Philippines and South Korea.
Richard was elected Member of Parliament for Bedford in May 2010 and re-elected in May 2015. He is a member of the Select Committee on Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Select Committee on Regulatory Reform. He was a key figure on the parliamentary inquiry into the collapse of British Home Stores.
Since being elected, Richard has established a Local Enterprise Fund to support new businesses in Bedford, set up a Community Business School, hosted ‘speed-interview’ days for young jobseekers, championed the setting up of ‘free’ schools and secured Government backing for infrastructure upgrades over the next decade, including: the Oxford-Bedford-Cambridge railway, completion of the Western bypass, dualling the A428 to Cambridge and a flyover for the A1 Black Cat roundabout.