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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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

Russell Brand has written a book of political analysis called Revolution

Russell Brand's Revolution - book review: Witty banalities aside, the comic has an authentic voice

The Independent's Steve Richards suggests that Ed Miliband might like to make Brand a Minister if he gets into office

David Cameron has painted a scary picture of what life would be like under a Labour government

You want constitutional change? Fixed-term parliaments have already done the job

Why our politics could be in chaos after the next election

Ed Miliband insisted that Labour MPs who are in Parliament must back a motion to recognise Palestine as an independent state

Labour’s time is right, but do they know it?

The party needs to show that it can reach out to beyond its core vote

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg said a Tory government in 2015 would see David Cameron become a

No party can afford to let down its supporters - especially the Lib Dems

Lessons for Nick Clegg if he is ever to be in a Coalition again

Tory Party conference: Passionate and witty, the PM’s speech had fizz

Compared with Ed Miliband’s whimsical speech last week, this appeared to be substantial and stuffed full of policy announcements

David Cameron is facing mounting pressure from his party's modernisers not to swing to the right

The more the Tories try to be like Ukip, the worse the outcome for them will be

The capacity of the modern Conservative party to generate fear takes many forms

Ed Miliband and his deputy Harriet Harman at the Labour Party conference in Manchester

Miliband has excellent ideas – he just needs to make himself more visible

It’s no good preparing for set-pieces if you can’t also be spontaneous

Members of the media listen to British Prime Minister David Cameron’s speech on the Scottish referendum

Forget devolution, the only thing that matters in
Westminster is the next General Election

It is in the Conservatives’ interests to stop Scottish MPs voting on English matters

Sir Bob Geldof was among the speakers at a rally for the Better Together campaign in Trafalgar Square on Monday. He told the crowd: “I’d like to tell Scotland we’re all fucking fed-up with Westminster”

Scottish independence: After the revolution the rest of the UK will be seeking a rebalancing act

Ed Miliband has to play down some of the ideological differences to keep his party united

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