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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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

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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

9.4 million people watched the first of the three-way debates at the last election. The audience for the one on Thursday is likely to be far lower.

David Cameron needs to learn some new tricks – and fast

Everything is different about this election – apart from the message the Tories  are sending out

Labour leader Ed Miliband is interviewed by Jeremy Paxman on the Sky News/Channel 4 programme: Cameron & Miliband Live: The Battle for Number 10

TV debates: If Miliband can see off Paxman, maybe he can do the same to Cameron

Watching Thursday night’s performances, Steve Richards was struck by the Labour leader’s sense of liberation

Nervous of interviews, Miliband has staked everything on the television debates

The lack of one-on-one debates and rise of the SNP should be causing the party serious pain, but the weakness of the Tories is helping maintain a balance

Chancellor George Osborne, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander and their treasury team leave 11 Downing Street, London, before heading to the House of Commons to deliver the annual Budget statement

Budget 2015: Behold the death of Austerity Osborne – and the birth of Generosity George

However, Osborne’s ‘reforms’ will not be adequate to meet the rising demands from a growing population

Ed Miliband (left) and Nicola Sturgeon (right)

All this talk of deals and non-deals by our political leaders really does signify nothing

The problem is that leaders need to convey one message before the election and another one after, although not because they're duplicitous

Why Osborne’s assault on the state matters a lot more than the TV debates

Now the Chancellor has published his spending plans for all of us to view, there is no confusion or ambiguity

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