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Pre-Election Donations Live Blog

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This Pre-Election Live Blog will be edited in real time to give a timeline on how much money we are raising for the GE2017 snap election.

We had always known we would make 2017 the year of the Pirate, making real successes in local elections but we never thought we’d have so many come forward wanting to #BeThePirate for the snap general election.

We currently have not one, not two, not three... not four... but (wait for it) five candidates standing around the UK. This means we need a minimum of £2,500 in deposits alone.

But it doesn't stop there. Many more have come forward wanting to stand up for their local communities and to fight back against the government, to protect our civil liberties from being eroded.

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The donations towards our general election campaign have been outstanding.

Press Release: Pirate Party announce first GE2017 Candidates

Wednesday, 26 April, 2017 - 14:15

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 Westminister.

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.

Elston said:

Is a Vote for Your Principles a Wasted Vote?

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The media are full of proposals for electoral pacts and ideas for tactical voting. These suggestions are based around keeping one party or another out of government, or making sure that a particular person is not returned to Westminster.

But where does this leave a minority party? Should it encourage its supporters to vote for candidates from other parties and maybe for different parties in different constituencies?

And what should voters do in our first past the post system where their first choice from one of the smaller parties is unlikely to get elected? Should they vote for the person they support or should they consider that a wasted vote?

I am personally very frustrated and disappointed by negative voting. At the previous election my MP said to me words equivalent to, "Vote for me because at least I'm not one of them." This is not exactly a resounding reason to do anything.

Pirate Party ready for UK General Election

Wednesday, 19 April, 2017 - 15:30

A snap General Election has just been confirmed in the House of Commons, with a vote of 522 to 13.

Jason Winstanley, Pirate Party Nominations Officer, said:

Pirates call for shipmates to challenge May

Tuesday, 18 April, 2017 - 12:30

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, has declared her intention to call a snap General Election to be held on the 8th June of this year.

Pirate Party Leader and prospective Vale of Glamorgan candidate David Elston said:

Pirate Party UK Leader on the UK Election Results

We’ve already seen that many within the UK tech scene seem relatively pleased about the results of the UK General Election, but most of them seemed concerned about how it would impact their business more than anything else. But what about people concerned with our online civil liberties? The Pirate Party’s raison d’etre is promoting online freedom, and with the Conservative government openly supporting GCHQ surveillance and tighter internet controls, how do they feel about the results? We talk to Pirate Party UK Leader Loz Kaye to find out.

Tuesday, 19 May, 2015 - 15:30

#VotePirate

With all the hard work that has been put in (even if it isn’t quite finished) it is important that we make the most of these last few hours. So, go and vote and encourage others to vote (whether they are voting Pirate or not!).  If you are voting Pirate, let people know why! Even if you can't, today is the last day where you can make the case that a vote for Pirate Party is the right thing to do and that our issues are vital. Talk to your friends and family, talk to your co-workers and anyone else you know and make sure they vote today.  Do share images on twitter and other social media, our materials page has a host of images available for you to publicise our issue!

Why Pirate ?

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In the run up to the election the calls for tactical voting are increasing. Newspapers are telling you how to vote. Celebrities are being wheeled out to tell you how to vote. There are ever louder cries for people to abandon their principles and gamble on a particular outcome. Even though the outcome of this election is the most uncertain in recent history.

Every attempt is being made to squeeze every small party vote by appealing to the fears of either Miliband or Cameron as Prime Minister. When frankly quite a lot of us don't rate either.

So why vote Pirate then, when so much is at stake this time?

The simple answer is that every vote for us is a vote for a different agenda. That politics' priorities should be set by all the people, not  just by Westminster insiders, a Murdoch press and celebrity bigmouths.

FAQ's - Where do You stand on Media Ownership?

We are very fortunate in Sheffield to have an excellent array of local independent online journalists, as well as community radio and TV now. We need to encourage and support these and others to ensure that we have a locally focused free press in the future.

Media barons like Rupert Murdoch have far too much power in our democracy and we need regulation. However, I would like to emphasize that while regulation of media companies when they get to a certain size is important, it is not right for us to enter into a censorship campaign that would choke the press and stifle the free flowing exchange of information.

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