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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Britain's Queen Elizabeth delivers her speech to the House of Lords in the Palace of Westminster, during the State Opening of Parliament in London

The Queen’s Speech was full of pledges made in a panic during the election campaign

Cameron was returned to power on the back of policies he did not expect or want to implement

Liz Kendall

Labour leadership contest: 'Moderniser' is just a vague and overused label

It remains one of the more ubiquitous terms in British politics

David Cameron has reiterated his pre-election promise to radically improve the NHS

Cameron is sincere in his 'truly seven day' NHS plans - but where is the money?

Those seeking a return to power need to be very careful what they say - during the election the Tories pledged spending increases and tax cuts that were not fully costed

Labour Party supporters listen as Leader of the opposition Labour Party Ed Miliband gives a speech after retaining his seat of Doncaster North at the counting centre at Doncaster Racecourse

How the Labour party's next leader can unite the richest and poorest

'No taxation without explanation' must be part of their repertoire

Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha arrive to N10 Downing street in London

England is moving away from Scotland rather than the other way round

One Tory minister from the last parliament has already made a list of what was blocked then and can go ahead now

Nicola Sturgeon could have considerable influence over David Cameron in a hung parliament

General Election 2015: What if Cameron were to end up in debt to the SNP?

In combination with other opposition parties the SNP could defeat David Cameron at key moments and might be inclined to do so

General Election 2015: Ed Miliband hasn’t ‘suddenly’ become a robust leader. He always was

Voters are choosing to see qualities that were there along

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon launches the Scottish National Party manifesto at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena

General Election 2015: If Nicola Sturgeon is such a threat, how is it she’s so popular?

For all the fury of Tory newspapers fearing the election of an administration that would not pay homage to their editors and owners, parliamentary arithmetic is set to prevail

Nicola Sturgeon is reported to have said she’d rather see “David Cameron remain as PM” (Getty)

A leader not even standing will determine the election’s outcome

Ed Miliband’s response to the rise of the SNP and Sturgeon’s prominence requires subtlety rather than a sledgehammer

The leaders' debate

TV leaders' debates: No knockout punches but a good night for balance in politics

In some respects the crowded stage stands as a rebuke to both Cameron and Miliband

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Fifa corruption: The 161-page dossier that exposes the organisation's dark heart

The 161-page dossier that exposes Fifa's dark heart

How did a group of corrupt officials turn football’s governing body into what was, in essence, a criminal enterprise? Chris Green and David Connett reveal all
Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: How the author foretold the Californian water crisis

Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles

How the author foretold the Californian water crisis
Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison as authorities crackdown on dissent in the arts

Art attack

Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison
10 best wedding gift ideas

It's that time of year again... 10 best wedding gift ideas

Forget that fancy toaster, we've gone off-list to find memorable gifts that will last a lifetime
Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers