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 promised a price freeze on heating bills at the conference

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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

Syria - not quite like the run-up to Iraq... but not that different either

The contrast ceases when it comes to the evasive justifications for military intervention

Ed, don’t listen to the advice – shouting louder won’t help you

Miliband is not currently in a strong enough position to spell out his plans

Tories heading for victory? Don’t you believe it

The economy will still be fragile by 2015, and Labour have cards to play

UKip MEP Godfrey Bloom

‘Bongo bongo land’? Ukip’s lunatic fringe has done David Cameron a favour

Defiant as the MEP may be, Godfrey Bloom's comments won't help his party

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