We can do better, and we will - We want to stand more candidates with more local branches.
Ever since the Pirate Party came on the scene in 2009, some people have been able to vote Pirate in local, parliamentary and most recently european elections. But never as many as we would like.
There have been 22 Pirate Party candidates since 2009. Your candidates have stood in 24 different elections, ranging from local elections in England and Scotland, Parliamentary elections, European Elections and a whole host of by-elections.
In the five years we have been standing in elections we have learned a lot, and changed the way we approach elections almost entirely. We have have gone from receiving tens of votes in our first elections, to thousands in our most recent. In the EU election, 8,600 people felt confident enough to put crosses next to our name.
Our proportion of the vote has changed too, where we have active branches, even in areas massively dominated by the biggest parties, we are now seeing anything up to 5% of voters putting an X next to our candidates names.
We have come a long way in a short time, but we have along way to go.