Reality Party

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The party's logo

The Reality Party was a political party in the United Kingdom that was founded in 2014, by Mark "Bez" Berry and stood three candidates in the 2015 UK general election. The party manifesto was a centre-left anti-austerity programme[1] which includes policies against privatisation, tuition fees and tax avoidance and in favour of renationalisation, progressive taxation, rent controls, socially-managed housing and participatory democracy.[2]

The party was deregistered in November, 2016[3] and its website no longer functions[4]

Election campaign[edit]

In 2014 Channel 4 produced a documentary series following Berry's political campaign.[5] The Reality party toured South Thanet in a green vintage bus in December 2014.[6]

In January 2015, the Reality Party was deregistered by the Electoral Commission for having a name that was too similar to that of the Realists' Party. Its founder had been given several written warnings that a name change was required, and was removed from the register in January when it had failed to comply.[7] On 12 February 2015 the party re-registered as "We Are The Reality Party".[8] They were also permitted to use the description "The Reality Party It's Your Reality" on ballot papers.[8]

Parliamentary candidates[edit]

The Reality campaign bus

The party stood three candidates in the 2015 general election, after some ambiguity over which seats they intended to contest.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/03/happy-mondays-star-bez-revolution-standing-salford-and-why-he-didnt-join-greens
  2. ^ http://www.realitypartysalford.co.uk/
  3. ^ http://search.electoralcommission.org.uk/English/Registrations/PP2595
  4. ^ http://www.realitypartysalford.co.uk/
  5. ^ "24 Hour Party Politics - My Friends Are Squashed". Channel 4. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  6. ^ Jamie Weir (7 November 2014). "New political party set for Ramsgate launch this weekend". Kent News. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  7. ^ a b Gallagher, Paul (13 January 2015). "Happy Mondays' Bez forgets to register his 'Reality Party' with the Electoral Commission". The Independent. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  8. ^ a b https://pefonline.electoralcommission.org.uk/Search/ViewRegistrations/Profile.aspx
  9. ^ Nigel Askew. "East Kent Reality Party | It's Real – It's Your Reality". East Kent Reality Party. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  10. ^ Tom Barnes (26 September 2014). "Reality Party candidate promises South Thanet 'battle of the Nigels'". Thanet Gazette. Retrieved 9 December 2014.