I have been speaking to John Barron over great length over the past few weeks/months about standing in the elections for the Pirate Party in Bury North.
I would first of all like to tell you all about myself. My name is Graeme Lambert, I'm 18 years old and I currently live in Bury, Greater Manchester. I was born in Birkenhead, Merseyside and moved to Bury in May 2000. I am in full time employment and have been since leaving education at the age of 16.
In January 2007 I started playing wheelchair basketball for my local team, Bury Blue Devils. I moved to the Manchester Mavericks wheelchair basketball team in 2008 before returning to Bury this season. In March 2009, after being persuaded by my basketball friends, took up wheelchair tag rugby league. I went along to a trial day for the England squad in the summer of 2009 and was asked to train with the England squad on a permanent basis. As a member of the current squad, I was invited down with the squad to the House Of Commons on Tuesday 12th January for the World Cup winning team and coach(es) to be honoured for their achievements. For the record, I do not have any disabilities and I compete as an able bodied athlete.
Although many will probably mock at the thought of an 18 year old candidate in the local elections, I imagine many would seriously consider an honest individual with fresh and new ideas, being backed by a political party dedicated to ensuring the freedom of speech and protecting human rights - both which the current government seem dedicated to eradicating.
I am happy to answer any questions that any of you may or may not have, and I would certainly not stand in the way of a better candidate in Bury North or any constituency in the country needing the funding for a campaign.
Why do I believe Bury North is a good constituency to stand in for the Pirate Party? A number of reasons.
The residents in Bury North resent the current Bury North MEP David Chaytor with passion for his false expenses claims of a reported £13k on a London flat that he'd already paid off a mortgage on. Mr. Chaytor is, according to Wikipedia, currently under suspension from parliament whilst a police investigation is carried out. Mr. Chaytor has already announced that he will not stand in the next elections for Labour.
The Labour candidate replacing Mr. Chaytor is a young muslim lady called Maryam Khan. Maryam Khan is a 27 year old solicitor and if elected would be the first pakistani female MP, and also the youngest in Greater Manchester (obviously I'd more than trump that record).
The other 2 candidates standing for Bury North are Liberal Democrat Richard Baum and Conservative David Nuttall.
I am happy to declare my views on topics that the Pirate Party don't directly represent, however I make it clear to you and anyone who asks questions that these are MY personal views and NOT necessarily those representing the majority of the Pirate Party. The Pirate Party is a democratic party that votes on everything and should remain as such.
I will end my introduction there and once again extend the invite to anyone and everyone to talk to me, get to know me and decide on whether you think I would be a good candidate for Bury North and, just as importantly, if you think Bury North is good for the Pirate Party.
Thank you all for taking the time to read this and I hope to hear from you all soon.
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