Following the Icelandic elections on Saturday the Pirate Party are confirmed as having come 3rd in the popular vote and look to have won 9 seats in the Althingi (Icelandic Parliament), an astonishing gain of 6 on their previous result.
This is by far the best result for a Pirate Party to a National legislature since the foundation of the movement nearly 10 years ago and shows that there is a political void to be filled with a technologically savvy party willing to embrace the future rather than fear it.
Mark Chapman, Pirate Party Spokesperson, said:
"There has never been a better time to join the Pirate Party. Our Icelandic forerunners have proven a radical restoration of democracy can be achieved. Let us come together and follow their example.
"No other party so strongly and incisively believes that issues such as online privacy, the right to free expression and freedom of speech come before others, rather than being an afterthought. Without these human rights, all other campaigns such as the environment, fair pay, equality, health, education and so on cannot be fought for. They are the keystones to any true democracy.
"The Icelandic people have shown that change is possible, and that Pirates are at the forefront of a radical new politics. It is now time for UK Pirates to take the next step and bring Pirate Politics to elected positions across the UK.
"We encourage all those who want to help us by standing as candidates, contributing to press releases and contributing financially to get in touch and build the party in your area."
About Pirate Party UK
The Pirate Party in the UK is a fledgeling 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 one representative 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]