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Castleland Man With Burning Ambition

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Many people in the Vale of Glamorgan are up in arms about the incinerator being built in the heart of Barry. They believe it is a potential health and safety hazard for the local community, and that a license to operate the incinerator must not be granted.

Local man Jebediah Hedges feels so strongly about the incinerator that he is making it a central part of his campaign for election to the Vale of Glamorgan Council in the Castleland ward, where he is standing as a candidate for the Pirate Party UK.

"This is something much more than a community heating project. Those schemes are popular in countries like Austria, where they are used for heating and generating electricity for small towns of a few hundred homes. This plant, however, is being constructed on an industrial level.

Why It's Important to Make a Small Donation to a Small Party

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Our electoral system is skewed against small political parties – it's well known.

Perhaps the most obvious problem is the "first past the post" system of single constituency MPs elected to represent large areas by the largest number of votes but without a requirement for a majority. Thus, most of our representatives in Parliament got the largest number of votes in their constituencies, but do not have the support of the majority of the voters.

This translates to a Government that is hugely unrepresentative of the people. So-called "minor parties" in British politics can gather a significant proportion of national vote, but never be the largest party in any one constituency and never get any representatives in the House of Commons.

While there are many benefits to democracy from our system (stability, direct representation), the drawbacks lead to a feeling of distance and disenfranchisement. The incumbent major parties see no benefit to themselves in a change in the system and there is a consequent disillusionment and Sinicism among voters.

Pre-Election Donations Live Blog

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This Pre-Election Live Blog will be edited in real time to give a timeline on how much money we are raising for the GE2017 snap election.

We had always known we would make 2017 the year of the Pirate, making real successes in local elections but we never thought we’d have so many come forward wanting to #BeThePirate for the snap general election.

We now have a staggering ten candidates, meaning we need to raise £5000 in deposits alone!

But it doesn't stop there. Many more have come forward wanting to stand up for their local communities and to fight back against the government, to protect our civil liberties from being eroded.

Click here to donate.

Local Press Release: Local Charity Trustee and Pirate running for St Athan County Council seat

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David Elston, a trustee of SAINTS - St Athan Parks Charity and active campaigner for Road & Neighbourhood Safety has decided to throw his hat into the ring and stand for election to the St Athan ward on the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

David, who was co-opted onto St Athan's Community Council on St David's Day last year is also standing for election back on to the Community Council. "I really was honoured to be appointed to represent my Flemingston & Eglwys Brewis ward," said David, "...but I think it is crucially important to be endorsed by the electorate. I hope that people will recognise what I have been able to do for the local community in the 13 months I have been on the Community Council and will return me to continue the work we've all started.

"At the same time, I thought it would be a good opportunity to stand for the St Athan ward on the Vale of Glamorgan Council - in the place where I feel most welcomed into the community. I have the time and energy to commit to this role, and I think my record of serving the St Athan district shows that I care about results."

New IT Infrastructure

With the publication of this blog post, I can gladly announce the transfer of the main website from our previous antiquated infrastructure to our new systems. Hopefully, you should be noticing several speed increases when interacting with the site, and I hope that as we continue to tweak and optimize the new system that further seconds can be shaved off of the website loading time, resulting in a far more user-friendly experience. This new infrastructure looks to save the party over one thousand pounds a year and this means we will be able to continue putting more money into campaigning in order to make a difference in our political sphere.

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