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Press Hit: Pirate Party looks to make waves with Vauxhall manifesto launch

The Pirate Party wants to rock the boat in Westminster with a manifesto launch yesterday in Vauxhall.

Other branches of the party have gained ground in countries such as Iceland in recent years, standing on a platform of internet freedom and the reduction of government surveillance, and the UK party hopes to do the same.

Mark Chapman, the Vauxhall candidate who won 201 votes in the last general election, joined party leader David Elston and Vale of Glamorgan candidate to reveal the manifesto in front of the MI6 building.

They both expect that their policies will increasingly resonate with voters and impact future politics.

Thursday, 18 May, 2017 - 21:30

Pirates want online and offline freedoms

The Pirate Party is campaigning for people to be free online and offline, and believes there is greater surveillance of people's online activities.

Justice Spokesperson and Lead Candidate Mark Chapman said it had "an unique offering" on free speech, whistle-blowing and justice.

He was speaking to Daily Politics presenter Andrew Neil, and Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, about the party standing 10 candidates in the 2017 general election.

Thursday, 11 May, 2017 - 13:00

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 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.

Elston said:

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 Standing for Local Government!

Monday, 10 April, 2017 - 13:00

Having successfully submitted the required nomination forms the Pirate Party can confirm that we have three candidates standing for election in this local election cycle.

Local Pirate Party candidates have already begun dropping leaflets through doors in the Vale of Glamorgan and Hampshire.

Acting Party Leader David A Elston is standing for the St Athan Ward on Vale of Glamorgan, and is also looking to be elected to the Community Council seat to which he was co-opted last year.

From the Flying Dutchman to Piratenpartij, Pirates in The Netherlands are making Waves

Wednesday, 15 March, 2017 - 14:15

The coupling of a proportional representation electoral system and the steadfast campaigning of the Dutch Pirate Party means that there is a very real chance of seeing a Pirate elected to the Dutch Parliament (Tweede Kamer) with a second Pirate being an outside possibility.

Mark Chapman : "Crackdown on illegal downloading"

#STEMPiratenPartij - With 1 week till polling day, let's support the Dutch Pirates

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As I mentioned in a blogpost back in November - the Dutch go to the polls on Wednesday of next week (15th March) and we are looking to make sure that the Dutch Pirates (Piratenpartij) make it into the House of Representatives - securing at least 1 seat and hopefully more.

The way in which the Dutch voting system works with Proportional Representation across the country means that you are trying to get your message spread as far and wide across the country as a whole - there is no 'targetting' of very local areas as we have in the UK. It means that a digital social media campaign has the potential to be very effective as you are trying to reach as many people as possible, but requires that people actually follow through and cast a vote for you, rather than just hit 'Like' on Twitter.

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