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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The police have been exposed over plebgate. Now give Mitchell his job back

It's fortunate that the former Chief Whip recorded his police interview

Newspapers are ignoring the reality. Our press will still be free

The reaction of some newspaper executives conveys a lofty sense of power

Cameron responds to Miliband, but still keeps his options open

An opposition leader hasn’t set the agenda in such a challenging way since Thatcher

The Conservatives face a battle of ideas and are not sure how to win it

Ed Miliband has laid down an ideological challenge, and voters seem pleased

Ed Miliband promised a price freeze on heating bills at the conference

Birth of a leader: Ed Miliband boldly fleshes out policy vision in Labour Party conference speech

The risk is that Tories and their newspapers will portray what he is doing as a return to the 1970s

The wrong Miliband has decided to sever ties with the unions

Miliband has great strengths – but can he convince the voters in time?

He may not look prime ministerial, but his background gives him more experience of power than Blair, Brown, Cameron, Osborne and Clegg had when they came to office

Damian McBride's book details past machinations, but its impact will reverberate through the present - and the future

Brown’s main allies now lead the party. The tension has not died

Optimism and gloom were balanced equally in this thoroughly odd gathering of the Lib Dems' disparate elements

Vince Cable is new to politics and has not handled well the role of dissenting leader-in-waiting

Nick Clegg has dismissed reports of a rift with Business Secretary Vince Cable as just 'a storm in a teacup'

Why the Lib Dems are doomed to be unpopular – and also powerful

Clegg and his party still have cause for hope, but it has little to do with the polls

Ed Miliband addresses the TUC

Take note, Ed Miliband: Starting a fight doesn’t make you strong

I cannot understand how inciting fury is in itself an act of good leadership

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