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]