Czech Pirate Party win seats in 2017 National Elections

Czech Pirate Party (Česká pirátská strana) made massive gains recently in their National Government, winning 22 seats making them the third largest party, polling only 0.5% behind Civic Democratic Party, the 2nd largest party but making significantly larger gains.

This 10.8% vote share is an 8.1% increase on their 2013 figures, where they polled 2.7% but didn't qualifty for any representatives.

David A Elston, Pirate Party UK Acting Leader said, "We send our congratulations to the Czech Pirate Party for their dramatic achievement. They have demonstrated that the Pirate movement is not limited to the fringes, but offers an alternative politics for the future in many countries. They have performed brilliantly.

"It is clear from these election results that a system based on some form of proportional representation allows for a truer representation of the wishes of the electorate.

We see it demonstrated time and time again, that in a fair, representative election, voters will get behind the party whose policies they endorse and will give them their support. It's about showing the public that their vote will count. The British system remains strongly biased against the smaller parties except for those with a specific regional appeal, and so fails the British people.

Not only have our Czech Pirate counterparts won 22 seats at 10.8% of the vote share but in elections just past, Finnish Pirates gained two seats and Luxembourg Pirates gained 3 seats across their municipal elections, not forgetting Iceland becoming the third biggest party in their national election, winning 10 seats.

"The result is that in the UK we have an unrepresentative parliament and a population that is disillusioned with politics and politicians. Pirate Party UK supports moves to proportional representation in all national, regional and local elections. We believe in working with others to achieve this, as the the whole electorate must be given a voice."

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About Pirate Party UK

The Pirate Party in the 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 has started to poll alongside major parties and is looking to build support from the grassroots. The party stood 10 candidates in the June 2017 General Election and briefly held 2 community councillors.

Find out more about the UK Pirate Party at https://pirateparty.org.uk/ or contact campaigns@pirateparty.org.uk

Monday, 23 October, 2017 - 15:45
David A Elston

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