As soon as the snap General Election was announced, Pirates rose from our ranks, willing to take the fight for free culture, evidence based policy, copyright and patent reform, and an end to warrantless blanket mass surveillance to Westminster.
David Elston, our Acting Leader and Lead Candidate for the Local Elections, standing in St Athan, Vale of Glamorgan will be furthering the campaign upwards, contesting the Vale of Glamorgan seat in South Wales against the incumbent Conservative Secretary for Wales.
"I am delighted to be pushing the local campaign and supporting my fellow local candidates, making positive cases for our policies and our local communities. However, The Pirate Party is a party created of a variety of individually minded people and it is only right that we should share the leadership and direction of such a party - especially when my immediate focus is on the local elections.
"This is why I am announcing Mark Chapman as our Lead Candidate for the snap GE2017. The contributions Mark has made to the Pirate Party, the wider Pirate movement and making politics in general better, in my view, cannot be overstated. I look forward to supporting him as he stands for election in the seat which MI6 calls home."
Mark Chapman will again be standing in Vauxhall, and looking to build on the 201 votes he received in the 2015 election just two years ago.
Jason Winstanley, the Party's Nominations Officer, will be standing in what was the closest-fought constituency in 2015 - Gower in South Wales - providing an alternative to the Labour-Tory battle which has persisted there for years.
Liam Matthews will be standing in Norwich North, and Jason Halsey will be standing in Bournemouth West - both of which are urban seats currently represented by Conservatives where we feel that the Pirate party can make a difference as a genuine alternative.
Pirate Party UK Nominations Officer, Jason Winstanley said:
"It is great that we have such a good batch of prospective candidates so quickly - this shows that people are actively seeking out an alternative, so that they can stand up for Pirate principles of transparency, a new and innovative culture, and the right to express ourselves openly.
"We are still assessing prospective candidates in other seats - please get in touch if you are interested in standing in your area. The only way of ensuring that you can #VotePirate is to #BeThePirate.
"With a £500 deposit cost in order to simply stand in the election there is a significant cost hurdle for small parties such as ours. We want to be able to stand more Pirates in your local areas but we need your help. Please continue to donate and support us here."
For more information on the principles and policies of the Pirate Party, see the party web page https://pirateparty.org.uk/.
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. The party will be standing candidates in the June 2017 General Election.