It's the run up to the Euro Elections in May. For so many of us it was the success of our sister party in Sweden in 2009 in the European Parliament that inspired us - that showed us there is a place for us that were feeling politically homeless. I know that Christian and Amelia have made a big impact in the EP and are respected - even by those that don't really see things our way! I would love to be able to send representatives from Pirate Party UK to Brussels and Strasbourg.
This election will be hard, and no doubt dominated by the negative UKIP agenda. We are offering something really different - a vision for a Britain really engaged internationally, but pushing for the fundamental change that Europe needs on all levels to make it really work. To make it truly democratic and a politics of the people.
The Tories simply can't deliver the reform they promise as they have isolated themselves. They are the "Billy no-mates" of Europe. We can deliver real change, and stand up for the things we care about, digital rights, ending mass surveillance, access to health care, protecting whistleblowers, working towards a citizens' income.
We asked members for candidates and some of you have put yourselves forward, so, if you are able to support them, we will be able to give more people than ever the chance to vote Pirate in the UK.
All the candidates that put themselves forward are in for the North West, and we want you to have your say over approving the candidates. It's important you use your voice - as it's vital we know how the party feels running in to a major election.
I'm really proud the prospective candidates we have for the North West. Any one of them would make a fantastic, knowledgeable MEP in my opinion. At the moment UK MEPs simply do not get the issues we are passionate about. Let's change that, and give voters a real alternative.
Members will be contacted and the vote will open at 21:00 on Saturday 1st March for 7 days. Do use your voice. If you are not a Pirate Party member yet, but feel that British politics needs changing, now is the perfect time to get involved.