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.
Joining him in the Vale of Glamorgan is Jebediah Hedges - who is standing in the Castleton ward for both the Barry Town Council and the Vale of Glamorgan County Council.
Away from South Wales we also have Desmond Hjerling standing in the New Milton ward on the Hampshire County Council, where he will be strongly supported in campaigning by members from our Bournemouth branch (Which doesn't have elections this year).
Pirate Party UK Lead Candidate & Acting Leader, David A Elston said:
"Local elections really rely on how connected you are with your local area. We never try to find some tricky way to parachute in candidates and without a party whip, we make sure our candidates put the residents first.
"I'm really looking forward to running a strictly positive campaign. St Athan is the only area I've really felt welcomed in and part of the community. 2016 was the year I campaigned to give some great energy back. From helping found the local park's charity to being the lead co-ordinator for the Neighbourhood Watch. If the residents feel I have been useful, they can vote for more of that energy in 2017 and beyond"
Pirate Party UK Candidate for Casteland, Jebediah Hedges said:
"As someone who has lived in Castleland all my life, I am excited about standing as a Pirate candidate to give local people a viable alternative to the tired poltiics of the past. I know the area and the issues that surround it, and am looking to open up transparency of local government so that people can be more involved in the decisions that affect their lives."
Pirate Party UK Candidate for New Milton, Desmond Hjerling said:
"Three years ago I chose to move to New Milton, a town nice enough to pull me away from an expensive/exciting/lively London lifestyle but we are overlooked by many others. Considering what our town has to offer, we don't economically benefit from the tourism that surrounds us and now local government are starting to do the same, proposing cuts to the local schools. I want to turn this around, bring in trade to our local economy and reject the £150 cuts per pupil."
Pirate Party Deputy Nominating Officer, Mark Chapman said:
"I am really pleased that we have three times as many candidates as we had at the same stage last year. This is particularly noticeable given that these local elections are taking place primarily in the more rural areas where the party has not historically been as strong. It is great that we are able to break new ground in Hampshire as well as building on the solid base that Dave is providing in South Wales.
"I know that all three candidates are passionate about their local area, and that the Pirate Party principles of openness, transparency and listening to residents will have a resonance. We are a party that builds from the base up and this is a great opportunity to show that.
"We also continue to learn about the best ways in which we can encourage and support potential Pirate candidates, and would love to have more candidates stand in the future. We know that many times people ask 'why can't I vote Pirate in my area', to which the realistic answer is 'would you consider standing as a candidate next time around?' - it really is the case that if you want to #VotePirate, then get in touch to #BethePirate"
About Pirate Party UK
The Pirate Party in the UK is a fledgling political party. It has fielded a few candidates in European and National elections, but like most small parties it is significantly constrained by the UK electoral system. Despite this, the Pirate Party now has a representative in local government and is looking to build support from the grassroots.
Find out more about the UK Pirate Party at https://pirateparty.org.uk/ or contact [email protected]