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Wednesday, 26 April, 2017 - 14:15

As soon as the snap General Election was announced, Pirates rose from our ranks, willing to take the fight for free culture, evidence based policy, copyright and patent reform, and an end to warrantless blanket mass surveillance to Westminister.

David Elston, our Acting Leader and Lead Candidate for the Local Elections, standing in St Athan, Vale of Glamorgan will be furthering the campaign upwards, contesting the Vale of Glamorgan seat in South Wales against the incumbent Conservative Secretary for Wales.

Elston said:

"I am delighted to be pushing the local campaign...

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David A Elston / Mark Chapman / Jason Winstanley

Pirate Party now biggest on Facebook

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Further to my previous article, "Pirate Party surpasses Labour Party on Facebook", the Pirate Party is now the largest UK political party in terms of the size of its Facebook group.

This is because of two developments: we're continuing to grow, having reached 7000 members on 19th of September, and the largest BNP group has diappeared (there are various BNP groups on Facebook; the current largest has 3715 members).


French Pirates get 2.06% in by-election

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 France's Parti Pirate fought its first election on Sunday. This was a by-election to the Natonal Assembly in the 10th district of Yvelines. The Pirate candidate was Maxime Rouquet, a 23 year old student, and he got 2.06% of the vote.

Details here.

Finding Candidates and Targets

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About once a week somebody will ask a question about which parliamentary seats the party should fight at the general election. Raising funds is vital to determining how many seats we can fight, but there is every likelihood that we will need to focus our energies on particular seats instead of trying to fight too many and losing a lot of deposits. That makes it absolutely vital that we make the best choice of which seats to fight. However, for a party concerned with information politics, we lack some of the information we would like. We can speculate about where we might get the most votes, but without polling data, it will be a guess. For example, university towns often get cited as likely targets. On the other hand, most PPUK members are too old to be students, and if the membership is representative of our voters we must have plenty of support off campus as well as on.


Talk Like a Pirate Day

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Have you ever tried to make a serious point about copyright reform or the creeping erosion of our civil liberties, whilst feigning a West Country accent and making numerous references to shivering your timbers and raising your mizzen mast whilst swabbing the poop deck?  Probably not, if you are sensible.  I tried to once, and it is far from easy to explain the need for new legislation whilst talking like a character from Treasure Island.  But for those Pirates who need an excuse for a party (note the small 'p' in party, we do not want any splitters...) then you have a great excuse this Saturday, when it is Talk Like a Pirate Day.  You can find out more about Talk Like a Pirate Day from the official website of the Americans who started it and from the official website of some Brits who did not start it.

Pirate Party surpasses Labour Party on Facebook

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 It appears the Pirate Party is more popular than the Labour Party, at least on Facebook. Our group there -- at the time of writing -- has 6364 supporters, whereas Labour's has only 6356. And the Pirate Party has only been in existance for a month.

The only UK political party to have more supporters than PPUK on Facebook is the BNP (currently 7383 supporters). This is likely to change, with PPUK overtaking the BNP, not least because there are more filesharers in Britain than fascists.