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Election 2015: Fancy a space program in Manchester? Want to ban CCTV cameras? Believe Communism is the answer? These parties could be for you

You've had the leaflets, watched the debates and read the manifestos, but something isn't quite clicking - there has to be more choice out there right?

Well, have no fear - your ballot paper in Greater Manchester could just be bulging with off-beat boxes to put your 'X' in.

From Loony Johnny Disco, who has plans for a space program at Wythenshawe Airport (Manchester Airport to the rest of us), to the party campaigning for a 'none of the above' box on the ballot paper, to the Pirates promising to remove CCTV cameras from all public places - the voting options on the fringes of Manchester politics could be right up your street.

So, here's our guide to some of the parties you might not yet have considered.

Saturday, 2 May, 2015 - 22:00

General Election 2015: A pirate, a cannabis campaigner and the voice of apathy - the candidates you may not have seen

Beyond the major parties, there are a host of candidates fighting for issues close to their hearts at this General Election

The Pirate Party was the first in the UK to crowd-source its manifesto, gathering policies from all those who submitted them.

Their primary policy, shared with other Pirate Parties in various countries like Sweden and Germany, is the reform of copyright and patent laws.

That aside, the party claims it wants to bring democracy closer to the people and make policy that works.. (Read more on walesonline.co.uk.)

 

Sunday, 26 April, 2015 - 12:00

Candidates find that faith and politics do mix

A CONSERVATIVE inspired by her dealings with the NHS, a Labour candidate who worries about where the next George Lansbury is, and a Pirate keen to debate Edward Snowden's revelations are among the Christians fighting for a seat in Parliament this year.

Friday, 24 April, 2015 - 10:30

Pirate Party to run on crowd-sourced manifesto

Monday, 20 April, 2015 - 11:30

The Pirate Party is to run on UK politics' first truly crowd-sourced manifesto. The Pirate Party stands for bringing democracy closer to people and making a politics which works with them.

The General Election fighting manifesto for candidates is here.

The full policy set is available at: https://pirateparty.org.uk/Policy

Key points are:

Transport, Housing and Equality dominate Vauxhall election hustings held at Oval Farmer’s Market

Democracy in Vauxhall is ACE. And so is the good Vicar of St. Mark’s, Steve Coulson. We witnessed nine candidates all sharing the stage together, like a Vauxhall tribute to We Are the World.

Taking the top spot with the mic was Vicar Steve, rattling through a brisk and breezy outdoors hustings and making sure that every candidate had a fair chance.

The location was significant – this is where the Kennington gallows once stood. It was more about artisan bread on Saturday morning at the Oval. It was an inspired idea to combine the event with the popular Farmer’s Market. A crowd of around 300 folk listened to the politicians making their pitch.

Saturday, 18 April, 2015 - 21:15

General Election candidates for Bridgend and Ogmore announced

The parliamentary candidates for next month’s General Election have been officially announced for both the Bridgend and Ogmore constituencies.

Since 2001 the Bridgend constituency has been represented by Labour’s Madeleine Moon, of Porthcawl, who will be defending her seat in May.

The Bridgend candidates, announced last week, also include Aaron David, from Bridgend (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition), Anita Dawn Davies, from Bridgend (Liberal Democrats), David Anthony Elston, from Bridgend (Pirate Party UK), Meirion Jenkins, from the Sutton Coldfield constituency in Birmingham (Conservative Party), Caroline Jones, from Bridgend (Ukip), Adam John Lloyd, from Bridgend, (National Front), James Christopher Radcliffe, from Bridgend (Plaid Cymru), Les Tallon-Morris, from Bridgend (Independent) and Tony White, from Neath (Green Party).

Wednesday, 15 April, 2015 - 17:30

Loz Kaye on Daily Politics

The Pirate Party started fighting for internet freedom but now has Britain's "first crowd-sourced manifesto", says its leader.

Loz Kaye told the Daily Politics that it stood for "taking democracy back", and getting people involved in politics.

Tuesday, 14 April, 2015 - 19:45

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