Reality Party

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The party’s logo

The Reality Party is a political party in the United Kingdom that was founded in 2014, by Mark “Bez” Berry. The party was briefly deregistered by the Electoral Commission, for breaching rules regarding party names,[1] but re-registered in February 2015 under the name We Are The Reality Party. They are also permitted to use the description “The Reality Party It’s Your Reality” on ballot papers.[2]

The party manifesto is a centre-left anti-austerity programme[3] which includes policies against privatisation, tuition fees and tax avoidance and in favour ofrenationalisation, progressive taxation, rent controls, socially-managed housing andparticipatory democracy.

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.[1] On 12 February 2015 the party re-registered as “We Are The Reality Party”.[2]

Parliamentary candidates[edit]

The Reality campaign bus

The party stood three candidates in the 2015 general election, after some initial ambiguity over which seats they intended to contest.[1]

  • Mark “Bez” Berry stood for Salford and Eccles and gained 703 votes, higher than fellow anti-austerity party TUSC.
  • Nigel Askew stood for South Thanet[7] where Nigel Farage (leader of UKIP) was also standing, and gained 126 votes. He referred to his campaign as “The Battle of the Nigels” and also referred to himself as”the real pub landlord” highlighting another adversary, Al Murray. Both Farage and Murray beat him in the election,[8] but finished behind Conservative candidate Craig Mackinlay.
  • Mags McNally was the candidate for Worsley and Eccles South, gaining 200 votes.
  • Jackie Anderson was initially the declared candidate for “Salford West and Eccles”; however, this constituency does not exist. Anderson left the party and stood as an independent in the 2015 local council elections.[1]