Pirate Party Leader and Manchester Central candidate Loz Kaye commented on the Manchester by-election that resulted in a 59.7% majority for Labour party candidate Lucy Powell after a vote that saw only 18.2% of voters turn out:
"The result of the Manchester by-election is the best parliamentary result for the Pirate Party UK with 1.9% of voters voting Pirate. This is a continuation of the positive trend in our election results, but still a disappointing one at the end of a hard fought campaign."
"I hope that it is an indication that we are taking our message out in to the areas where we live. We made the point that the internet allows businesses to employ locally and trade internationally. We have not been forceful enough in persuading voters that Labour is wrong when it comes to digital policy, the economy, civil liberties and transparency in government."
"It is clear that we need to do more to explain to voters what we stand for and to convince them that voting Pirate is a credible option. We will continue to work hard to hold our council, MPs and any elected Police and Crime Commissioner to account here in Manchester. Most importantly of all, we will be doing whatever we can to help the seventy thousand people who chose not to cast their ballot realise that they can effect change in Manchester."
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