Bridgend

Boundary Review - Pirate Party Respond (WLS - SW)

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Have you hear of the Parliamentary Constituency changes? The Boundary Commission as of the 5th of December closed responses on their initial plans. We believe in openness and transparency at all levels of government so here is my response for the Bridgend and Vale of Glamorgan regions in South Wales.

 


In this report I draw attention to many different aspects of why the proposed changes need a second look. Some of the areas covered are:

  • Commuting
  • Population Size
  • House Prices
  • Voting Records
  • Supply Lines
  • Existing Relationships
  • Local Groups

Vale of Glamorgan / Bridgend response can be viewed here.

 

The Rise of the Welsh Pirates

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I'm about to show you just how huge 106 votes are. The first Pirate Pioneers in the UK did not always poll in triple figures, this time every candidate did... but before we get into that, let's reflect on what happened at The Count on election night for the first Welsh Pirate election, in Bridgend.

There is no denying there was always a strong undertone in Bridgend that “If we don't vote Labour then the Tories will get in” and many Pirate voters originally expressed the same concern to me. While Labour winning in Bridgend is certainly not a victory for us Pirates, it is undeniably better than having a parachuted in Conservative candidate, which is more than many other constituencies in the UK woke up to on the 8th. The incumbent MP also took the time to speak with me as did her son and I have been invited to talk about the Pirate Party at Bath University.

The Plaid Cymru Candidate had a really good 2,784 (7.1%) Vote, which is a 1.1% increase. James was also a very likeable person and we shared a laugh over how we both had long hair and unavoidably met the odd person that would always say “I can't vote for him, he needs a haircut”.

GE2015 - The Betrayal of the TUSC

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There were some truly inspiring moments at the count in Bridgend and some very discouraging signs from some of the other parties.

Perhaps this is where you would expect the presence of the National Front playing to their stereotype and causing fights or that a UKIP candidate made some ill-thought out remark. Instead the single most disheartening thing at the count for me was the TUSC.

GE2015 Election Analysis

We won 106 votes (0.3% vote share) in Bridgend despite there being very little chance of picking up protest votes with such a diverse array of candidates, of which we had a total of 10. Bridgend is also very much a town or rather a collection of towns and communities, not a city, so we are not used to this volume of choice so any candidate is already at a disadvantage. We were did not field any paper leaflets or use a mailshot in Bridgend so it was entirely a digital and media driven campaign, saving thousands of pounds.

Here is our election analysis

Be the change you want to see

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Back in 2008 I worked for Swansea University in a department called DACE – Department of Adults Continuing Education. I lost this job. Government cuts saw to it that this department was closed. It was my first job, I was a website design assistant. It seemed such a huge injustice to work so long and hard in academia, from the age of 5 until 21 and graduate only to lose my first job in a matter of weeks. To add pressure, my son had just been born, so I had to find alternative employment quickly.


I remember feeling shocked but not just because my job was cut. The University lost many highly qualified and experienced staff, some holding PhDs, experienced lecturers and other valued support staff. There was the knock-on effect of the community centres in places like the Rhondda who leaned on Swansea's DACE for support, were now also going to suffer.


General Election candidates for Bridgend and Ogmore announced

The parliamentary candidates for next month’s General Election have been officially announced for both the Bridgend and Ogmore constituencies.

Since 2001 the Bridgend constituency has been represented by Labour’s Madeleine Moon, of Porthcawl, who will be defending her seat in May.

The Bridgend candidates, announced last week, also include Aaron David, from Bridgend (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition), Anita Dawn Davies, from Bridgend (Liberal Democrats), David Anthony Elston, from Bridgend (Pirate Party UK), Meirion Jenkins, from the Sutton Coldfield constituency in Birmingham (Conservative Party), Caroline Jones, from Bridgend (Ukip), Adam John Lloyd, from Bridgend, (National Front), James Christopher Radcliffe, from Bridgend (Plaid Cymru), Les Tallon-Morris, from Bridgend (Independent) and Tony White, from Neath (Green Party).

Wednesday, 15 April, 2015 - 17:30

Pirate Party Candidate for Bridgend!... Me!

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Hello Wales and hello Bridgend! My name is David; your newest PPC and together we can put a Pirate in Parliament!

Pirate Spokesperson for Wales

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Hello fellow Pirates

I wish to express my intention to stand for the Pirate Party Wales Spokesperson, speaking on behalf of the Pirates based in Wales.

I will most certainly follow up this blog with further information - but if you have any questions, fears, worries, objections or concerns, please get in touch!

(Blessings are also welcome!)

Thank you

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