Pirate Party fails to score electoral success

While the UK wakes up to a hung parliament in the wake of May 2010's general election, many commentators are suggesting that none of the main parties achieved much electoral success. That includes one of Britain's newest and geekiest parties - Pirate Party UK.

It's a triple issue party, focusing on privacy, freedom of speech, and reform of the copyright and patent systems. However, it's gained most press for the latter of the three - pledging to legalise non-commercial file sharing, and fix copyright to recognise the realities of the internet age.

But with 9 of 10 results announced, it became clear that the Pirates weren't going to emulate the success of their Swedish and German brethren. None of their candidates rang up more than 250 votes, with the best result - 0.6% share of the ballot - in Manchester Gorton, a Labour stronghold. On the other hand, though, the Green's first MP, Caroline Lucas, has pledged to legalise file sharing too.

The Pirate Party's leader, Andy Robinson, gave the result a positive spin, saying: "0.3% swing to Pirates - pretty amazing for a party less than a year old, well done all! Under PR that would be 2 MPs!", and the official PPUK Twitter account added: "Less than a year after formation, with barely a fraction of the campaign funds of main parties. We did as well as could be expected".

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