As a party we appear to be brushing ourselves down and gearing up for the year ahead and inevitably that means a national set of elections in May.
Following the European Elections in 2014, and the General Election last year, this year the focus is on local councils and devolved Assemblies.
From Manchester to Maidstone, Bristol to Bridlington, there are local elections across almost all the country. If you want to be able to VOTE PIRATE in your area, then why not consider standing as a candidate for your local council? You can find out more about what it involves here - https://pirateparty.org.uk/standing-election-your-local-council
In 2014 we stood in the North-West Region for the European Elections. At last year's General Election we had candidates in Manchester, Sheffield, South Wales and London. This year we want to consolidate in those areas, and branch out to new ones as well. This means that even if you are the only Pirate in your area it's still worth standing as a candidate as a way of putting the Pirate name and brand out there - hopefully it will lead to kick-starting a branch in your area if people come forward and are interested.
Please do get in touch with the Nominations team (firstname.lastname@example.org) to put your name forward or just to find out more about the opportunities in your area - standing for your local council is the least onerous of all candidatures. Don't forget you will get central party support, so if you are new to elections and time is short, we can help you. If you can help us to get the Pirate symbol on your local Ballot Paper and broaden the number of people we can reach, then we will help you become a strong Pirate candidate!
As a way of leading by example - former Nominating Officer and previous EU Candidate, George Walkden, is standing in a local council by-election in Higher Blackley, Manchester. This is on the 18th Feb, so if you are in the area, or know people that are, then spread the word and get them to #VotePirate!
I look forward to hearing from you,
Pirate Party UK - Deputy Nominating Officer