Steve Richards

Steve Richards

Political Commentator


The Independent’s Chief Political Commentator is also a willing impressionist. His Rock’n’Roll Politics show has become a fixture at the Edinburgh Fringe. The difference between him and a stand-up poking fun at Westminster is that Steve knows the people concerned.


Steve Richards is an award-winning political commentator, a regular on TV and radio and in print, as well as on the live stage with his Rock 'N Roll Politics show.

The Independent’s chief political commentator for over ten years, Steve is also a regular panellist with Andrew Neil on BBC One's Sunday Politics. He’s presented Radio 4’s Week in Westminster and What The Papers Say, and hosted the station’s political quiz Parliamentary Questions. He has fronted GMTV’s Sunday Programme and BBC2’s Despatch Box, been a regular on News 24’s Head 2 Head, and has written and presented documentaries on Tony Blair, David Cameron, Nick Clegg, and Ed Miliband.

Before joining the Independent Steve started out in regional journalism and broadcasting followed by five years as a BBC Political Correspondent and then serving as Political Editor of the New Statesman. As well as the Independent and its Sunday sister, he has also written for the Evening Standard and the Guardian.

In addition to journalism and broadcasting, Steve has written Whatever it Takes an acclaimed, critical insight into the strange world of the Gordon Brown government. He has also toured the country with his widely praised one-man Edinburgh Fringe show, Rock n Roll Politics. The show is a comedic tour around Westminster, the key political players and behind-the-scenes events, but also an ‘anti-satire’ defence of politics and politicians.

As a columnist and presenter Steve has interviewed all the major political figures in Britain over two decades and many of his interviews have made front-page news stories. He takes a wry but informed look at the nation’s and the world’s leaders, sharing political gossip, revealing the plots and intrigues, and throwing in a few choice impressions along the way.

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