Steve Richards

Established as one of the most influential political commentators in the country, Steve Richards was a presenter for GMTV for 10 years and a BBC Political Correspondent. He has been a political columnist for the Independent since 2005. Steve also presents Radio 4's "The Week in Westminster", BBC documentaries, and tours with a unique one man show "Rock N Roll Politics". More details on steverichards.me

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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

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

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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

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