The cavalry has arrived, setting a new record for the number of candidates standing on behalf of the Pirate Party in a General Election. Having stood nine candidates in 2010 and six in 2015, now we are fielding a total of ten candidates the length and breadth of the country.
Neil Blackburn is running in an old Pirate heartland, Manchester Central. Pirates have always stood here on core issues, but Neil also wants to bring an alternative to the Conservative division being created nationally and believes this can only be achieved if we restore trust in democracy, operating in the open.
Robert Moran will be making sure that those who chose to #VotePirate in Sheffield Central in the past can do so again in 2017. Inspired by previous performances of local Pirates, Robert wants to see a more rational and evidence-based debate surrounding the issue of Brexit, believing the path that we take is just as important as how we walk it, and that decisions should be evidence based through the democratic process.
Morgan R Hill is a Pirate pioneer, allowing us to branch out into Eddisbury in Cheshire, bringing the Pirate Party policies of promoting free speech, the free exchange of cultural ideas, and respect for an individual's right to privacy to new ground.
Last but by no means least, Des Hjerling and Jebediah Hedges are building on their momentum from the recent local elections. Des is standing in New Forest West, keeping his campaign local to his roots, while Jeb will stand in Cardiff South, building a strong South Wales contingent alongside Party Leader David A Elston, who is standing in the Vale of Glamorgan.
With ten candidates confirmed for the General Election, the Pirate Party now needs to raise £5000 just to cover the cost of standing (with each candidate incurring a £500 deposit) - to say nothing of the cost of printing leaflets or other campaign expenses. If you want to help us out and #DonateDoubloons to the Pirate Party treasure chest, then donate here. Any amount, no matter how small, will help us bring a genuinely different voice to the political debate.
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 has started to poll alongside major parties and is looking to build support from the grassroots. The party will be standing candidates in the June 2017 General Election.