Fifteen Pirate Parties across Europe contested seats in the 2014 European Elections, including the UK. Two Pirate MEPs were elected in 2009.
Julia Reda has been elected to the European Parliament, representing the German Pirate Party. Julia received more than 400,000 votes, achieving 1.44% of the vote. More people were able to vote Pirate and more chose to do so in the UK than ever before. The party contested seats in the North West of England and received 8,597 votes, 0.5% of the ballots cast.
Party Leader Loz Kaye said
"Pirates continue to be represented in the European Parliament. This is more important now than ever. We've shown that our voice is crucial to protect our rights and ensure that key issues, especially those related to the digital world, are recognised and addressed. There will be many new challenges ahead at the European level and I'm happy we will be there to meet them.
However, losing the experience of Christian Engström and Amelia Andersdotter from Sweden is a real blow.
We have so much to offer and will rebuild the broken trust in politics across this continent. We need to be honest, we are no longer the radical new kid on the block. We need to build a broader movement and continue to focus on elections."
Campaigns Officer Andy Halsall said:
"We have to work harder if we want to make the changes that we know are needed. In the UK we have started to show that we are a real alternative, but we haven't done enough.
We will be positive, the last few weeks have given us momentum and we will not be letting that go. We have more members, volunteers and potential candidates because of the hard work of our campaigners in this election and this will help us do more.
There is no point in complaining about press coverage, or bemoaning the fact that we aren't as large, or well financed, as the other parties. We simply have to work harder. That means working locally, nationally and fixing the issues we have internationally.
We will learn from this campaign, let more people know who we are and what we stand for.
Our General Election campaign starts now."