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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John Major on his soapbox in 1992. Such an approach still counts

Do not adjust your TV. This election will be decided on the doorstep

There will be no uniform national swing but a hundred different local swings

Neil Kinnock welcomed Ed Miliband as Labour leader

Don’t mistake Ed Miliband for Neil Kinnock — he is in a far better place

The Tories are failing to win the battle of ideas, while the tide is moving increasingly in Miliband's favour

Travelers are locked out of Finsbury Park station, London, where they were directed to go as trains in and out of King's Cross have been cancelled

Our public services are in steep decline. Can we change track?

Some of the failures we've seen recently would shame a Third World country

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

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Briton pumped up for dream meeting with world No 1
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Leading evolutionary biologist says aliens will look like humans
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An Algerian scientist struggles to adjust to her new life working in a Scottish kebab shop
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Dying dream of Doctor Death

Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy
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39.8 degrees recorded on Tube

There's hot (London) and too damn hot (the Underground). Simon Usborne braved the Central line to discover what its passengers suffer
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