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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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

Angela Merkel has discussed the issues with David Cameron but is said to be unwilling to bend on certain basic EU principles

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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