Money Free Party

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The Money Free Party is a political movement that has political parties in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and has claimed to have parties in 16 countries in total.[1][non-primary source needed][2][3] The party advocates for a resource-based economy,[4] a world of free access where all work is voluntary. It is aligned with work of the American-based Jacque Fresco, who is the founder of The Venus Project.[5]

The movement has fielded candidates in several elections across at least two countries, but has not won any positions.

Political activities in New Zealand[edit]

Money Free Party NZ is led by Richard Osmaston, who founded the party.[6] Osmaston had stood for the mayor of Nelson in 2013[7] before founding the party in 2014.

Elections[edit]

The party was unable to get enough verified members (500) to register for the 2014 general election.[8] It stood five electorate candidates,[9] but none were successful.

Party members stood for multiple mayoralties in the 2016 local elections, such as Richard Osmaston in Nelson,[10] Gordon Marshall in Porirua,[11] and Ted Howard in Kaikoura.[12] Osmaston also stood for the Moutere / Waimea seat in Tasman District Council in the same year.[13]

In the 2017 general election the party stood three candidates in electorates. The party's best result was from Scott Andrew in Palmerston North, who received 142 votes (0.41%, 5th of 5 candidates).

Osmaston stood for mayor of Grey District in 2019, receiving 302 votes compared to the winner's 2,709.[14]

Political activities in the United Kingdom[edit]

Money Free Party-UK (MFP-UK) is a registered political party in the UK. It is led by Jodian Rodgers.[15]

It was a registered party in Great Britain from September 2013 to November 2016 when it was statutorily deregistered.[16] In March 2017 the UK Electoral Commission approved its re-registration.[17]

In a 2017 interview, Rodgers advocated putting all resources into common ownership, automating as much labour as possible, and having no leaders.[4]

Elections[edit]

Nick Tapping ran in the 2015 Poole Borough Council election, coming last in the Canford Heath West ward. The Money Free Party was also a registered party for the 2015 general elections.[18]

Jodiah Rodgers contested the Bristol West seat in the 2017 elections.[19] Rodgers came last of five candidates with 101 votes, losing his deposit with just 0.1% of the vote.[20]

Political activities in the United States[edit]

Steve Saylor announced his plan to campaign as part of the Money Free Party in the 2020 U.S. Presidential election.[21]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Global reach". Archived from the original on 1 April 2016.
  2. ^ "General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the". The Independent. 5 May 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  3. ^ Neal, Tracy (16 August 2014). "The Nelson Mail". Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  4. ^ a b BBC Money Free Party Candidate Interview with Jodian Rodgers, retrieved 16 October 2019
  5. ^ Tracy Neal (7 March 2014). "Money-free activist eyes national party". Nelson Mail. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  6. ^ Acwela. "Richard Osmaston". moneyfreeparty.org.nz. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  7. ^ Moore, Bill; Neal, Tracy (16 September 2013). "Local elections: Meet the candidates". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  8. ^ Tracy Neal (6 August 2014). "Money Free Party looks likely to fall short". Nelson Mail. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  9. ^ "2014 Electorate Candidates". New Zealand Electoral Commission. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  10. ^ "Nelson City Council 2016 Triennial Elections Preliminary Result". Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  11. ^ Dando, Kris (12 September 2016). "Mayoral candidate Gordon Marshall wants resource-based economy in Porirua". Stuff. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  12. ^ "Kaikoura District Council 2016 Triennial Elections Declaration of Result" (PDF). Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  13. ^ Murdoch, Helen (14 September 2016). "Candidates battle for Motueka and Moutere-Waimea wards". Stuff. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  14. ^ "Results - Grey District Council". www.greydc.govt.nz. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  15. ^ "Registration summary - Money Free Party". The Electoral Commission. 27 March 2017. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  16. ^ "Registration summary". The Electoral Commission. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  17. ^ "Electoral Commission | Approved Applications" (PDF). www.electoralcommission.org.uk. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  18. ^ "General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party". The Independent. 5 May 2015. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  19. ^ Ashcroft, Esme (18 May 2017). "Jodian Rodgers - Money Free Party candidate for Bristol West in general election". bristolpost. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  20. ^ "Bristol West parliamentary constituency - Election 2017". Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  21. ^ "money free party U.S.A. (Steve Saylor". Advocates for Direct Democracy podcast. 26 May 2019.

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