Steve Richards

Established as one of the most influential political commentators in the country, Steve Richards became The Independent’s chief political commentator in 2000 having been political editor of the New Statesman. He presents Radio 4’s Week in Westminster.

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Could the real Theresa May please stand up?

The Home Secretary is shy and lacking in overt political guile, and yet at the same time an almost certain leadership candidate

Miliband should lead the fight to make life affordable for all of us

From the poor to the middle classes, the cost of living has become a big theme

The ambition to rebalance an economy so heavily dependent on the South-east was a recurring theme of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement

Autumn Statement 2014: George Osborne is a man on a mission — I’m just not sure what it is

These are safe pledges to make before an election, but billions will still have to be cut for the Chancellor's target to be met

Gordon Brown: 'Undoubtedly a member of the post-war Premier League of politicians.'

The remarkable highs and lows of Gordon Brown

If he had been gentler in his approach he might have been more successful

Our political landscape is not changing anywhere near as much as we assume it is

With the Ukip rise, the Green surge, and the soaring of the SNP, it's easy to get carried away and think we're heading towards some sort of revolution

Former Shadow Attorney General Emily Thornberry

Hysteria, vilification, a spurious 'victim': welcome to the age of anti-politics

Thornberry broke one of the golden rules of politics. While voters can be rude to politicians, politicians can never be rude to voters

A pioneering plan to save the health service £1 billion a year by keeping patients out of hospital has been branded a 'shambles' after the Government’s spending watchdog found at best it would save less than a third of the amount projected at best

The Colchester hospital crisis shows the NHS is in need of major surgery

Intense, forensic scrutiny is part of the future for the NHS. Poor managers must go

Only 34 per cent of Labour voters think Ed Miliband is up to the job of Prime Minister

Miliband's problem isn't that he's out of touch, but that he's too neurotically in touch

Instead of fretting about the polls and focus groups, he needs to bind together a team with a shared sense of purpose

Angela Merkel has discussed the issues with David Cameron but is said to be unwilling to bend on certain basic EU principles

Angela Merkel has set the boundaries of David Cameron’s EU negotiations: he would be well-advised to take heed

No wonder Cameron is taking his time to deliver the immigration speech

Ed Miliband insists Labour is on course for victory at next May's general election despite its near-disaster in last Thursday's by-election in Heywood and Middleton

Ed Miliband isn’t the villain of the Scottish Labour piece

The calls from several senior Labour figures in Scotland for their party to become autonomous are illogical and dangerous

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'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

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