The London branch of the Pirate Party have selected Mark Chapman to stand as the Pirate candidate in the Vauxhall Constituency at the forthcoming General Election in 2015. Having introduced Pirate politics to Lambeth for the first time at the May 2014 elections by standing in the Vassall ward, Mark is seeking to build on the 1.4% share of the vote he received then.
A local School Governor, member of his local residents association and father of 2 small boys Mark has lived in the Vauxhall Constituency for over 10 years and is actively involved in the local community.
After his successful selection Mark said – “I am delighted to have been chosen to stand in Vauxhall and will be seeking to engage with people across the constituency in the next 8 months. I will be listening to the specific concerns that they have and explaining what a Pirate politician can bring to Westminster that none of the big parties are doing – to highlight amongst others issues of democratic dis-engagement, civil liberties, and digital rights.”
Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye said – “I am really glad to have Mark on board. I look forward to working with him as we bring Pirate politics to the iconic home of MI6. He’s very committed to the local community in Vauxhall, and would be a great voice for people in this constituency.”
On the national scale, Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye has been selected to fight the Manchester Central constituency where he is seeking to build on the 2% that he achieved in the 2012 by-election. Additionally, the Manchester branch has selected Sam Clark to fight the neighbouring Salford and Eccles constituency.
We fully expect to be able to announce further candidacies in due course, but if you are a Pirate member, the best way of getting a Pirate candidate in your area is to volunteer yourself! If this is something which you might be interested in then do please get in touch to discuss this.
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