Following a vote of no confidence over Prime Minister Smith's leadership, Richards assumed party leadership and thus leadership of the MCR. While the exact date remains unknown, her ascension to power occurred in the vicinity of the launching of the Consolidated Fleet to retake Ceres Station amidst the Interplanetary War.
Conference on Medina Station Edit
Richards attended the Medina Conference, where the fate of the Sol system and its colonies was discussed. She was in favor of a Belt Union, which was later officially approved.