BREAKING NEWS - Second Pirate Party Representative in the UK

Pirate Party UK now hosts two councillors. Kev Young, an Independent councillor on the Parton Parish council in Cumbria has joined the Pirate Party UK and was successful in being immediately co-opted back on to the council after standing down.

The Pirate Party UK has a policy that on any occasion when someone who is an independent or from another party crosses the floor they should immediately stand down and seek to regain their seat, ensuring they still have a suitable mandate to represent the people.

We are happy to welcome Kev Young to our crew.

Kev Young, Pirate Party Councillor in Parton said:

"I have become disappointed and disillusioned by Local Government politiics in Copeland. There is a glaring need for open, transparent, direct democracy in the area just as there is across the whole of the UK, and there has never been a better time for Pirate politics. Much as the Pirate Party in Iceland stood up for the electorate against corruption, infighting, and favouritism with great popular support, the same can be done here in Copeland. That is why I have decided to stand as a Pirate Party representative on Parton Parish Council. I will fight to keep the Parish Council at Parton free of the lack of accountability seen elsewhere locally and as Chair of the Council I feel I have a duty to the wider community in Whitehaven & Copeland to be a champion of the principles that the UK Pirate Party espouses."

David A Elston, Pirate Party Councillor in St Athan said:

"I am pleased to welcome Kev Young aboard as our second Pirate Party representative in the UK and our first Pirate to be a council chairperson.

"Over the last week I have discussed Pirate politics and beliefs with Kev and it is clear he will fit in well. It is important that local politics embrace ideas of justice, transparency, and evidenced-based policy so that we can rebuild trust between the electorate and their representatives. These are all key Pirate Party principles and it is clear that Pirates will play an important role in local politics in the UK."

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About Pirate Party UK

The Pirate Party UK is a fledgling political party. It has fielded a few candidates in European and National elections, but like most small parties it is significantly constrained by the UK electoral system. Despite this, the Pirate Party now has two representatives in local government and is looking to build support from the grass roots.

Find out more about the UK Pirate Party at https://pirateparty.org.uk/ or contact [email protected]

Wednesday, 14 December, 2016 - 21:00
David Elston / Kev Young

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