The Pluralist Party was a political experiment between 2012 and 2015 at the forefront of the co-operative and social change movements.
The Pluralist Party was different from other parties in that its members did not support the party – the party supported its members. Members consisted only of those who were elected or standing for election. This made it easier to avoid conflicts of interest between the party members and the public.
The Pluralist Party only leader, Jonathan Bishop, was not the same as leaders in other parties, as the role of Party Leader was purely a managerial role.
When Pluralists Party members stood in an election there was no group or national leader and no party-approved manifesto in the traditional sense – until after the election. The group leader for each authority would be chosen only from among those Pluralists who get elected after the election – in other words the people would pick the leader by limiting who they elect.
Each Pluralist Party candidate stood on their own manifesto and then the party’s agenda for government would come out of win-win bargaining that takes the best bits from the manifestos of those who were elected – in other words it is the people who decide our policies through voting for the candidates the party fielded.
Unlike most other parties, The Pluralist Party did not mind supporting more candidates than there are positions, as the pluralist philosophy was that it should be for the people to have the final say who they vote for and not a political party.