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Hello all,

Way back when, in 2011 I said I wanted to help get the party working, especially with regard to elections, fix some of the issues we'd identified coming out of the 2010 General election, work on policy and do a few other bits and pieces before hopefully standing as a candidate. Well, I think that time has come. So, I've tendered my resignation as campaigns officer and will now be doing more with the Party in Sheffield. 

To be clear, I will remain in post until the election is run and will be able to offer both a handover and ongoing support where it is needed. 

That will mean I'll have less time for the national, I won't be spending anything like as much time in Manchester, but I will  follow my own advice and start on the local. As well as putting the time I need to into my family and work, my energy and time will be focused on Sheffield.

What I'd really like to do what I wanted to do some time ago. Stand as a candidate, if the party in Sheffield will have me.

I'm actually really pleased that I can do this, the party is on a solid footing.

The office in Manchester underscores that. what we have achieved in terms of elections in the last two years makes it clear that we have changed significantly, we've stepped up. We aren't fighting fires, we are starting to light them.

Obviously the timing here is important, I obviously considered staying on until the next NEC elections, but I think I can do more in the General Election at the sharp end than I can do in support. I also happen to know that there are a few people who are interested in taking over the running of campaigns now that the additional tasking has been split out to other people.  That means now is the ideal time to make this change, it gives me and any future campaigns officer enough time to get themselves in post and ready for the General Election. 

You want to vote Pirate? It'd be rude not to oblige.

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We can do better, and we will - We want to stand more candidates with more local branches.

Voting Pirate

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.

On the campaign trail

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It has been a busy election season for me, and even though we've been going as a party for nearly 5 years the first time operating at more than one level at the same time. A typical week saw me talking to voters in the tower blocks of East Manchester, doing a press call for the North West Euro region and going down to London to help out with Lambeth leafleting.

Once again, I stood in the council elections for Manchester in the Ancoats and Clayton ward. Really untypically this is the 3rd time we have fought this ward within 9 months! The end of 2013 saw 2 by-elections as well as the regular election this May.

A lot of the issues we deal with play out on the big stage – net neutrality in the European Parliament, mass surveillance taking in the whole globe. But there is nothing like council politics to see why transparency and democratic engagement are vital.

Initial Election Result - Mark Chapman in Vassall Ward, Lambeth Council

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The following are the results of the May 2014 local council elections for Vassall Ward, Lambeth Council where Mark Chapman was standing for Pirate Party UK for the first time.

 

Candidates: Votes %
Abbot, Conservative 463 5.01%
Avebury, Lib Dem 445 4.82%
Barr, Conservative 451 4.88%
Chapman, Pirate 129 1.40%
Cole, Green 598 6.47%
Dyer, Labour 1,751 18.95%
Everett, Green 451 4.88%
Gadsby, Labour 1,723 18.65%
Gallop, Labour 1,671 18.09%
Gethney, Conservative 382 4.14%
Montague, TUSC 113 1.22%
Thomas, Lib Dem 388 4.20%
Walton, Green 419 4.54%
Wyard, Lib Dem 254 2.75%
Total: 9,238 100.00%

Ancoats and Clayton Casework Update Blog 17th April

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Piccadilly Basin AKA The Grassy Knoll

Plans to build on one of the few remaining pleasant open spaces in the Northern Quarter raised alarm amongst residents. Proposals are being drawn up to put flats on the green space on Tariff Street behind Jacksons Warehouse. It's not just about us losing a really nice place to be, concerns have also been raised about how the architecture would fit in context.

Worse still, I was alerted by residents that a massive part of the grass was dug up and mashed down without warning.

Here is the state of play as I have found out.

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