The Prime Minister, Theresa May, has declared her intention to call a snap General Election to be held on the 8th June of this year.
Pirate Party Leader and prospective Vale of Glamorgan candidate David Elston said:
"The Prime Minister is putting party politics before the interests of the country. It was actions like these that led to a poorly-orchestrated EU referendum last June. Moreover, they go against the spirit of the Fixed Term Parliament Act (FTPA), which was intended to reduce snap elections, provide stability and stop majority parties rigging the timing of an election in their favour.
"Perhaps even more worrying is Prime Minister May's attempt to use the timing of this snap election to carve out a mandate for her own severe version of Brexit, which gives no consideration to protecting our rights. A General Election is fought on many fronts: economy, health, education, the environment, transport, access to justice, jobs and welfare... While Brexit will affect all these areas, we should not lose sight of things that really matter. As Pirates we will be campaigning and standing for crucial Pirate principles of openness and transparency in Government, an end to mass surveillance, and the need for evidence based democracy.
"The fight to create a free culture, with civil liberties at its heart, has never been more important. So however ill-timed this election may be, we will welcome the opportunity for people to #VotePirate and are looking to take an active part by standing candidates across the country."
The Pirate Party is seeking to gather candidates to stand in the upcoming elections. If you are a member of the party and want to stand as a representative, please contact the Nominations team as soon as possible (firstname.lastname@example.org).
It is even more important to make sure you are registered to vote, if you haven't already, here.
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 now has a representative in local government and is looking to build support from the grassroots.