David Anthony Elston

David has served as the Pirate Party UK Deputy Leader and Acting Leader.

He is now the Party's Deputy Treasurer.


David is a University Graduate, being the youngest of the first year to ever graduate from his Computer Games Development course and immediately went into a career working for various computer and technology companies. Now self-employed David takes the time to be a Pirate!

During the GE2015 David stood as the Pirate Party UK's Official Candidate for the constituency of Bridgend, receiving 106 (0.3%) votes and has previously been a Governor of the Board. In 2017 Dave broke a new Pirate record, polling 7.6% in the local elections and went on to build on this success in the Vale of Glamorgan General Election, increasing his votes in a General Election from 106 to 127.


David’s top priorities are:

  • Personal and Digital Freedoms
  • Civil Liberties
  • Openness and Transparency
  • Young People



“We need to get politicians in that do not act like school teachers trying to control a playground, we need politicians that do more than flex legislative muscle, arbitrarily banning things and instead have a more diverse collective with increased and appropriate powers to support and educate people into better life choices.” – David Anthony Elston


Political Roles

  Start End
Deputy Treasurer Nov 2017  
Vale of Glamorgan GE2017 Candidate June 2017  
St Athan LE2017 Candidate May 2017  
Deputy & Acting Leader February 2017 October 2017
Community Councillor (St Athan) March 2016 May 2017
Acting Leader Feb 2016 Feb 2016
Deputy Leader

July 2015

Feb 2016

Bridgend GE2015 Candidate April 2015  
Governor of the Board January 2015 July 2015
Spokesperson for Wales December 2014 Feb 2017
Pirate Party Wales Founder October 2014  
Member May 2014


Elections Contested

Date of Election Constituency/Ward/Position Votes % of Votes
8th June 2017 General Election Vale of Glamorgan 127 0.2%
4th May 2017 Local Elections St Athan 75 7.6%
4th May 2017 Local Elections Flemingston & Eglwys Brewis 125 17.4%
2nd February 2017 Internal By-Election NEC - Deputy Leader 21 67%
1st March 2016 Local By-Election Flemingston & Eglwys Brewis Co-Opted N/a
4th July 2015 Internal Election NEC - Deputy Leader 40 93%
5th May 2015 General Election Bridgend 106 0.3%
16th January 2015 Internal By-Election Governor 5 100%


Unite Union Member
National Union of Students (NUS) Member
"Saints" St Athan Areas of Play Trustee
East Vale Residents Co. Ltd. Shareholder & Director
People's Press Printing Society Share Holder (Morning Star)
Short Pirate story:

"A captured pirate was brought before Alexander the Great. “How dare you molest the sea?” asked Alexander. “How dare you molest the whole world?” the pirate replied, and continued: “Because I do it with a little ship only, I am called a thief; you, doing it with a great navy, are called an emperor."


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Proposal to close the Party - View
Voting opens: Sunday, 20 September, 2020 - 23:59
Voting closes: Sunday, 4 October, 2020 - 23:59
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Voting opens: Monday, 9 December, 2019 - 00:01
Voting closes: Monday, 23 December, 2019 - 23:59
Governor - View
Nominations opened: 11 April, 2019 - 23:59
Nominations close: Thursday, 25 April, 2019 - 23:59
Voting opens: Saturday, 20 July, 2019 - 23:00
Voting closes: Saturday, 27 July, 2019 - 23:00
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