The results are in and the Dutch Pirate Party have not managed to secure a seat in the Dutch Parliament - despite an increase in votes from the previous election the share of the vote was only up marginally at 0.3%.
David A Elston, Pirate Party UK Acting Leader said:
"We are very greatful to our Dutch neighbours for standing strong for our shared flagship policies. We saw Pirates around the world united in cheering on The Netherlands to put free speech, free access to knowledge and the freedom to enjoy life in private, away from government snooping first... and on these they did not waver.
"PPNL have been very successful in spreading not only the importance of these issues far and wide but have seriously amplified the Pirate movement as a whole not to mention the reach of their national party, Piratenpartij.
"It can be easy to look upon this moment as a defeat, with Piratenpartij not quite landing a Pirate in the Dutch Parliament (Tweede Kamer) but if we take a moment to reflect, we have all made tremendous, shared gains from the campaigns the Dutch Pirates have worked so hard on and by that measure, I can only see this as a success.
"I send this message to Pirates in The Netherlands that might feel a little downtrodden by the election results "Het geluk helpt de dapperen" (English equivalent: Fortune favours the bold). Without Pirates like you putting yourself forward, the movement wouldn't be what it is today. Continue to be bold and brave.
"Have patience, don't give up the fight and know your friends in the UK are still with you."
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.