Holden was a Conservative Party candidate in the 2015 general election and has worked for the party in a number of roles.
After graduating from university, Holden joined the Conservative Party. He started as a data administrator and has since worked as a media monitoring officer, duty press officer, political press adviser and deputy head of press.
In 2015 he was selected as the Conservative Party's candidate in Preston for the general election. He won 20 percent of the vote, but finished second to the Labour Party's Mark Hendrick who 56 percent of the vote.
- Airbus, dinner 31 January 2017
- BSc Government and History, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2004 – 2007
- Linkedin Richard Holden, accessed 13 July 2015.
- Lancashire Evening Post Conservative candidate to fight for Preston parliamentary seat, 27 January 2015, accessed 13 July 2015.
- BBC News Preston, accessed 13 July 2015.