The Pluralist Party is one of Great Britain’s youngest political parties, at the forefront of the co-operative and social change movements.
We are different from other parties in that out members don’t support us – we support our members. Our members consist only of those who are elected or standing for election. This makes it easier to avoid conflicts of interest between the party members and the public.
Our party leader, which at the moment is Jonathan Bishop (also known in public life as Dzon), is not the same as leaders in other parties, as it is purely a managerial role. When we stand in an election there is no group or national leader and no party-approved manifesto in the traditional sense – until after the election. The group leader for each authority is only chosen from among those Pluralists who get elected after they get elected – in other words the people pick the leader by limiting who they elect.
Each of our candidates stand on their own manifesto and then the party’s agenda for government comes 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 we field. Unlike most other parties, we don’t mind supporting more candidates than there are positions as it should be for the people to have the final say who they vote for and not a political party.