Local Elections 2012

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Local Elections 2012

Postby ajehals » Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:24 pm

It's local election time again in the UK and we are looking forward to getting the Pirate Party message out. We will be standing 8 candidates across three UK cities; Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester.

We will be working hard for the next 58 days to talk to as many people and deliver leaflets to as many homes as possible. We will also be running events and stalls in these areas to ensure that people know who we are and that we are there for them.

Get Involved

At the moment we have our 8 candidates, 3 coordinators and a small national team ready to work together to make this happen, but we still need your support. If you are lucky enough to live near to (or are able to travel to) one of the cities where we are running candidates you can get involved directly. You can help us canvass and run stalls, or be at the end of the 'phone if a member of the public wants to talk to us. If you are a photographer, videographer, blogger or musician you can help us put together media for the campaigns.

If you can help, please get in touch with the relevant coordinator at either edinburgh@pirateparty.org.uk, glasgow@pirateparty.org.uk or manchester@pirateparty.org.uk. We hope to have at least 30 activists out ready to help our candidates in each area and we can only do that if you get involved now and give us some of your time. If you have time and want to do something we can find something for you to do.

We will also be running a training session in Manchester over the weekend of the 10th and 11th of March. This is open to anyone who would like to attend and will be covering all aspects of how we run elections, both through practical exercises and discussion. There will also be plenty of time to socialise and get to know other members of the party.

Help online

Even if you don't live near one of these cities, we still need your help. The national campaigns team is in need of anyone who has time to help us put together leaflets, posters, website content and deal with a huge amount of admin work - everything from dealing with local press through to arranging events and helping collate statistics. We need your help in making sure that the local teams have the time to get on with talking to and working with the public, rather than spending it on things that can be done away from the front lines. If you are willing to help us by doing any of this, please get in touch with campaigns@pirateparty.org.uk and tell us what you can do.

Raising Money

If you don't have time, you can still support the party by donating money or renewing your membership if it has lapsed. Elections are expensive and our funds are limited; every pound that you can donate to us will be put to good use. We will be spending money on everything from posters, leaflets and election specific material through to maintaining our web sites and VOIP lines. The more money we have available to spend, the more people we will reach and the more chance we will have for success.

You can donate at https://www.pirateparty.org.uk/Donate - A full breakdown of election spending will be made public at the end of the election and, if I have the opportunity and the volunteers to do it, I will try to give a weekly breakdown of spending so far on the Pirate Party wiki.

If you aren't close to an area in which we are standing or don't have the time or the money to support us in this campaign, you can still help by spreading the word in social media, telling your friends and family what we are doing or even encouraging them to join or donate to the party.

You can also join us on irc in #ppuk on irc.pirateparty.org.uk (or uk.pirateirc.net) or by using our web client here https://www.pirateparty.org.uk/party/chat/

Contact details for this election:

Edinburgh - edinburgh@pirateparty.org.uk - http://edinburgh.pirateparty.org.uk - 0131 546 4803

    Phil Hunt: Edinburgh Morningside Ward
    Steven Bathgate: Edinburgh - Southside Newington Ward

Glasgow - glasgow@pirateparty.org.uk - http://glasgow.pirateparty.org.uk - 0141 815 1803

    Laura-Anne Riatch: Coordinating
    Andrew Paliwoda: Hillhead Ward
    Rob Harris: Anderston/City Ward
    Finlay Archibald: Govan Ward

Manchester - manchester@pirateparty.org.uk - http://manchester.pirateparty.org.uk - 0161 987 5944

    Jack Allnut: Coordinating
    Tim Dobson: Ancoats & Clayton Ward
    Loz Kaye: Bradford Ward
    Maria Aretoulaki: City Centre Ward

2012 will be a good year for the party; we are more prepared for these local elections than we have ever been, we have great candidates and good solid teams of people supporting them. All we need to do now is to work hard and pull together to get the best results possible.

Thanks and we all look forward to hearing from you in the near future.
Andy Halsall - PPUK Campaigns Officer
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Re: Local Elections 2012

Postby Bluebirds002 » Sun Dec 01, 2013 5:22 pm

Dear all,
I can't wait for the 2014 Locals, EU & 2015 GE. I am hoping to be a candidate in two of those, I have stood in every of my Locals since 1990 and once for Parliament in 2010. To those of you who haven't, it is very enjoyable and................................addictive!

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Re: Local Elections 2012

Postby azrael » Sun Dec 01, 2013 5:38 pm

Bluebirds002,

Where are you planning to stand?
Governor of the Board 2010-present
Former South-East Regional Administrative Officer (2010-2011)
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Re: Local Elections 2012

Postby glambert » Sun Dec 01, 2013 8:26 pm

Are you the Laurence Williams who stood for the English Democrats in 2010 in Erith & Thamesmead?
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Re: Local Elections 2012

Postby Bluebirds002 » Sat Dec 07, 2013 10:35 pm

Dear azreal and glambert,
I am planning to stand in the London Borough of Bexley again in 2014 in the Locals on 22nd May. I am targeting a ward which has consistently returned the highest Lib Dem vote over the years, but no Lib Dem councillors since 2005. It is my belief that a 'fleeing' Lib Dem vote would be naturally attracted to PP as they [Lib Dems] officially have the highest IQ membership, and, presumably, the brainiest voters! They are the very people to properly understand what PP is all about. It is time to 'poach' them!
And yes, I am the Laurence Williams, formally of the ED, the 'funny man at hustings', as reported by labour and tory 'tweeters' at the time! I scored 465 votes [1.1%] and finished 6th out of 9 candidates. It was quite an enjoyable experience! I will do it again..........................

Best wishes
Laurence [aka. Bluebirds002]
P.S. How did you find that out in Bury glambert? [You are 200 miles from me in Sidcup, Kent!]
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Re: Local Elections 2012

Postby glambert » Sat Dec 07, 2013 10:50 pm

Bluebirds002 wrote:P.S. How did you find that out in Bury glambert? [You are 200 miles from me in Sidcup, Kent!]


You published your name and address in another post, this ninja saw it and searched Google :P
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Re: Local Elections 2012

Postby Bluebirds002 » Sun Dec 08, 2013 12:21 am

You clever 'Ninja' you! I'd been made aware of 'Ninjas', but wasn't sure as to what they meant!? I'm glad we're singing from the same song-sheet [not copyrighted, of course!]. I do hope that we keep in touch in the election run-ups. Incidentally, I have organised an Open Conference in London on 15.03.2014 at www.londonwelsh.org for Pirates, Populists, Christian Dems, Nat. Libs, NOTA etc. plus individuals to meet and speak about cross-party co-op, NHS, EU, Democracy etc. You are more than welcome to attend and speak if you wish.

Best wishes
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