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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 currently have not one, not two, not three... not four... but (wait for it) five candidates standing around the UK. This means we need a minimum of £2,500 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.

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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."

Sad news in St Athan

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Sadly, Councillor David Street died during the night of Saturday 15th April.

Around a year ago, David Street was one of the councillors who sat on the council during my co-option. While I'll never know which way he voted, he was good enough to explain a bit about how the St Athan Community Council worked. I was quite surprised how that which was often described to me as a very simple, low level form of government, could have its own complications, especially with how particular the arrangements of the St Athan ward are. If it was not for those like Councillor Street, I am sure the transition from local activist to local councillor would have been far more difficult.

David Street was a very respected member of the council and there is no doubt in my mind he will be missed. I regret I was not able to know him better, and I wish his family well.

I hope new councillors that have been elected to fill the vacant roles on the council will continue to respectfully represent the community and in turn, sitting councillors should welcome them in as David Street did I.

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Pirate Party UK Leader issues warning to City Police #knockknock

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Green Party Wales Leader Resigns... blames money

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Alice Hooker-Stroud resigned from the Wales Green Party Leadership today citing lack of funding for smaller parties in the UK meant it was "untenable" for her to carry on in the voluntary role.

I cannot find any way to agree with this position. Entire elected positions in government by the hundreds of thousands are without any funding, my community council seat is an entirely unpaid role as is my role as Deputy Leader position in the Pirate Party UK but I have never felt finances are a big enough problem to resign. If any party would face this problem, Pirates would certainly feel it first, let alone the Greens in Wales that share a membership in the tens of thousands with the main GPE&W.

We already place a huge amount of money in the running of government, I think it unwise at best to say that political parties should also add to the tax payers bill, effectively not only paying MPs but paying all the would-be MPs as well in some varying set of degrees.

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