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Once more unto the breach

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In May 2010 I submitted my nomination for the Board and am pleased to say I was elected to it on the 18th July. It is now coming up to five years that I have been a Governor and I hope to be able to serve another five years.

There is a lot that has happened over the past five years, we've come far as a Party. We have had some fun, and we have had our ups and downs. We've been down some rocky roads, but we are still around! I hope that the members have been happy with my work as a Governor and that they will be happy to be stuck with me for another term.

With a bit of a retrospective mood taking me, this is a good chance to look over answers to questions I was asked five years ago. From the first link above you can see all of them, I'm just picking a selection...

Q) Where do you see the party in 1 years time?

Pirate Party UK – 5 Years Old Today

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Reblogged from my personal blog.

About four years ago I blogged about my first year as a member of the Pirate Party. Two years ago I blogged about the three year anniversary of the founding of the Pirate Party.

As I seem to be in the habit of blogging odd-numbered anniversaries, it is that time again!

Today the Pirate Party UK is 5 years old.

PPUK's official registration date - pefonline

Anticipating the EU results tonight

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While we are waiting for results (which could take some time) it is a good opportunity to summarise where we have been standing for election and what the chances are.

The polls opened in the UK at 7am on Thursday, closing at 10pm the same day. Elections actually took place for both the European Parliament accross the whole country as well as for local council elections in many part of the country.

The local elections are very interesting! Not every local council holds local elections at the same time, and even when they do they don't hold them in exactly the same way.

Thursday was a good example as we saw Loz Kaye standing for local election in Ancoats & Clayton, a ward which elects three local councillors, but only one at a time - this is called electing by thirds (as opposed to full). One advantage of this is that elections take place more often, which gives PPUK far more opportunities to stand, practice election-craft, and give voters many more opportunities to learn about what we stand for.

Pimpin' out your social media account - AKA promoting PPUK in EU elections

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Just two days to go until the EU elections and the excitement is mounting. You want to do something to show all your family and friends that you're a die-hard Pirate Party evangelist but need a little help. How can you show your dedication to this important cause? Well, I have some answers...

Firstly, in true Pirate style, give us all your money! If not all, then any sum, no matter how small will help. If we don't reach our £5,000 target we won't get any of the money!

Secondly you can show your support for us via social media by clicking on the twitter/facebook/tumblr support options on our ThunderClap campaign. This will let us, in true Pirate fashion (over using this yet? no? good!), hijack your account to send a single message of support. All our supporters will send the same (or similar) message at the same time creating a masive wave... a wave upon which we can ride to success!

Thirdly (yes, there's more!) you can add a Vote Pirate twibbon to your twitter/facebook account. If you don't want to do this via the twibbon website you can pimp out your own avatars using the attached transparent image and your favoured open source image editor.

What else can you do? We've made a plethora of campaign posters over the past few weeks, and these are all available (with source material). You can take these, mix, re-mix, use and re-use to your heart's content. You can also take to the twitterverse to proclaim your love of the Party and encourage others to vote for us. The hashtags we're using are: #VotePirate #EP2014 and for the pozible campaign #FundPirate

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Ancoats and Clayton By-Election Result (December 2013)

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No, this isn't deja vu, Loz stood yesterday in yet another by election for Ancoats and Clayton. The ten primary positions of his campaign can be seen on the Manchester PPUK blog.

With it being a colder/darker time of year, and another by-election not long after the last one, it was the unfortunate expectation that it would be difficult to get voters out to vote. That, and with ten candidates to the seven from last time voters had a wider choice (a good thing) it is realistic to see the overall turnout be lower (last time was 13.5%) as well as vote shares being divided and thus trending lower than last time.

As before the Pirate message was a strong call to all electors to exercise their democratic right/responsibility and to vote, no matter who for.

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