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The Money Free Party is a political movement that has political parties in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and has claimed to have parties in 16 countries in total. [1] [ non-primary source needed ] [2] [3] The party advocates for a resource-based economy, [4] a world of free access where all work is voluntary. It is aligned with work of the American-based Jacque Fresco, who is the founder of The Venus Project. [5]

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The movement has fielded candidates in several elections across at least two countries, but has not won any positions.

Political activities in New Zealand

Money Free Party NZ is led by Richard Osmaston, who founded the party. [6] Osmaston had stood for the mayor of Nelson in 2013 [7] before founding the party in 2014.

Elections

The party was unable to get enough verified members (500) to register for the 2014 general election. [8] It stood five electorate candidates, [9] but none were successful.

Party members stood for multiple mayoralties in the 2016 local elections, such as Richard Osmaston in Nelson, [10] Gordon Marshall in Porirua, [11] and Ted Howard in Kaikoura. [12] Osmaston also stood for the Moutere / Waimea seat in Tasman District Council in the same year. [13]

In the 2017 general election the party stood three candidates in electorates. The party's best result was from Scott Andrew in Palmerston North, who received 142 votes (0.41%, 5th of 5 candidates).

Osmaston stood for mayor of Grey District in 2019, receiving 302 votes compared to the winner's 2,709. [14]

Political activities in the United Kingdom

Money Free Party-UK (MFP-UK) is a registered political party in the UK. It is led by Jodian Rodgers. [15]

It was a registered party in Great Britain from September 2013 to November 2016 when it was statutorily deregistered. [16] In March 2017 the UK Electoral Commission approved its re-registration. [17]

In a 2017 interview, Rodgers advocated putting all resources into common ownership, automating as much labour as possible, and having no leaders. [4]

Elections

Nick Tapping ran in the 2015 Poole Borough Council election, coming last in the Canford Heath West ward. The Money Free Party was also a registered party for the 2015 general elections. [2]

Jodiah Rodgers contested the Bristol West seat in the 2017 elections. [18] Rodgers came last of five candidates with 101 votes, losing his deposit with just 0.1% of the vote. [19]

Political activities in the United States

Steve Saylor announced his plan to campaign as part of the Money Free Party in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. [20]

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