Garry Kitchin

Pirate Party UK fields first candidate in Kirklees - here's what they stand for

Garry Kitchin explains his policies - and it's nothing to do with eye patches, parrots or treasure:

“The way we live is changing. Sadly, we live in an analogue political system.”

Tuesday, 10 April, 2018 - 14:00

Board of Governors Vacancies

Thursday, 8 February, 2018 - 14:15

Dear Members,

I'm writing to you to announce that due to recent elections to the National Executive Committee, there are three vacancies on the Board of Governors.

The Board is intended to house nine Governors who contribute to the party. Ideally a range of voices, including seasoned pirates and those with a fresh view, are very valuable to adding a guidance and experience to the party, amending the constitution or providing oversight. If you ever wanted to help keep the Pirate Party on track, you should consider volunteering yourself at the election.

Garry Kitchin : Why Pirate Party UK members should stand in the 2018 Local Elections

This year there will be local elections electing over 4,000 Councillors. This article will argue that the Pirate Pirate UK should fully contest them.

Why should I stand as a Pirate Candidate in my local area?

Elections can very hard for small political parties. They can cost a lot of money, and stretch a small membership to breaking point. History would point to very little success for all this effort. So why do it?

Smaller political parties suffer greatly from a lack of recognition among the general public. This is true of the Pirate Party UK too. Those who follow politics closely have probably heard of the party, but would struggle to know its key messages. Amongst the much larger group of voters, who only switch on politically for a few weeks before an election, I suspect the name of the Pirate Party doesn't even register. The only way to improve this is to get out ourselves and spread the message. No-one else will do this, so if we won't do it, no-one will.

This short period of voter's attention is key. Every candidate that stands for the Pirate Party is another name and logo on every single ballot paper in that area. When people see Pirate candidates alongside Labour, Conservative and the Lib Dems, it sends a message that we have arrived and that a genuine alternative, not just another colour to pick from, is ready.

During a local election campaign it is very common for local papers to approach candidates for perhaps a 100-200 words statement that is printed or published online before the election day. Some areas arrange a hustings, where candidates can attend and speak to people in the community. Each of these should be organised so that every candidate gets equal time and status.

Local Elections 2018

Monday, 1 January, 2018 - 15:15

Dear Pirate Party Member,

I am writing to all members as the Nominations Officer for Pirate Party UK.

As some of you may be aware, there are local elections due to be held on Thursday 3rd May 2018. These are taking place all over the country with around 4,000 council seats up for grabs. Here are the local authorities where elections will take place.