Steve Richards

Steve Richards is a political columnist, journalist, and presenter. He presents Week in Westminster on BBC Radio Four among other programmes on BBC Radio and Television. He writes for several national newspapers and was formerly Chief Political Reporter at the Independent and Political Editor at the New Statesman. He also fronts a popular political show each year at Edinburgh Festival.



There is no more insightful observer of the British scene than this reasoned pundit... [Richards] brilliantly nails it.

Richards offers valuable insights into how awkward political power really is.

Excellent... An important and insightful account of the current rise of populism amid the collapse of trust in both conventional politics and politicians.
Jon Snow – Newsreader, Channel Four News

Steve Richards is quite simply one of the best in the business.
John Kampfner

Easily one of our best commentators.
David Aaronovitch

Steve Richards is a fine columnist and thoughtful political commentator. This book gets to the heart of why conventional politicians and parties are struggling and failing to adapt to the challenge of the outsiders, opening the door to Trump, the Brexiteers and European movements of far left and right.
Vince Cable – former Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

Insightful and well researched... The Rise of the Outsiders is both a stinging rebuke to established parties of left and right, but also a clarion call to mainstream politicians to call-out empty populism and make anew the case for sane government.
Ed Balls -- former Shadow Chancellor to the Exchequer

Incisive and urgent... This needs to be read by anyone trying to understand the nature of the current political system in Western democracies.
Alasdair Blair – Jean Monnet Professor of International Relations, De Montfort University, Leicester

An important book about the social forces behind the disruptive challenges to mainstream politics and the future of representative political parties.
Baron David Willetts – Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation

Fascinating... an unusual book by one of our best political commentators
Tribune magazine

rigorous examination . . . accessible and informative
The Tablet