Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/05/07/piraty_party_general_election_results/

Pirate Party UK sinks on maiden voyage

Bad night for anti-copyright parrot boys

By Kelly Fiveash

Posted in Government, 7th May 2010 10:08 GMT

The Pirate Party UK put in a dismal performance at the General Election last night, after its nine candidates garnered a total of just 1,127 votes between them with one result still to come in.

The party's leader, Andrew Robinson - who picked up just 173 votes in Worcester - claimed his anti-copyright outfit had a "relatively successful" contest at the ballot box.

Meanwhile, Jack Nunn pulled in the least amount of votes for the PPUK in the Cities of London & Westminster battle for a seat in Parliament, with just 90 people marking 'X' for that particular pirate on the ballot paper.

Of course it perhaps didn't help that he was up against a genuine pirate in the form of Mad Cap'n Tom, who grabbed 84 votes from the electorate in that constituency.

Its Manchester Gorton candidate, Tim Dobson, picked up the biggest number of votes on the night with 236 supporters.

Overall PPUK, which was formed in June last year, picked up 0.3 per cent of the vote in the constituencies where the party's members stood for election. One outcome - in Bethnal Green & Bow - is still to be determined.

Unsurprisingly, the party argued in a statement this morning that had its poorly-funded band of men stood for seats across the country, it would have secured 90,000 votes nationally.

"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," proclaimed an excitable Robinson on his Twitter account in the early hours of this morning. ®