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The Pirate Party was the first in the UK to crowd-source its manifesto, gathering policies from all those who submitted them.

Their primary policy, shared with other Pirate parties in countries like Sweden and Germany, is the reform of copyright and patent laws.

The party claims it wants to bring democracy closer to the people and make policy that works for them.

Former Swansea University worker David Elston, who is standing in Bridgend and is a fierce opponent of fracking, said: "Being a Pirate means you don't follow convention for convention's sake. We are individually minded.

"The process has been exciting not just because it has been unique in British politics, but also because it has resulted in a manifesto that really does offer a chance to break the cycle of alienation and powerlessness."

STEVE REED: CANNABIS IS SAFER THAN ALCOHOL (CISTA), VALE OF GLAMORGAN Founded just eight weeks ago, this marijuana legalisation movement has attracted more than 1,500 members and 32 registered candidates for May 7. It aims to bring the cannabis debate to parliament, as well as encouraging experts from across the world to come and share research regarding the drug.

Its candidate in the Vale is 62-yearold former publican and rugby league player Steve Reed.

He said: "At the general election voters can make a difference by electing an MP to campaign on their behalf on individual issues that matter to them.

"I have never been a member of a political party until now, but at the age of 62 I feel the time has come.

"We can no longer afford to wait for reform of the UK's drugs laws. The stakes are too high."

CHRIS OVERTON: SAVE WITHYBUSH SAVE LIVES, PEMBROKESHIRE There is nothing half-hearted about Dr Overton's bid for parliament.

The doctor of 33 years' standing has worked for 16 of those at Withybush Hospital, and says he has been forced into politics through "the recurring failures of professional politicians".

The party's aim is to save the services at Withybush Hospital in Pembrokeshire, which are threatened as part of hospital restructuring.

Dr Overton is one of the leading figures in the Save Withybush Action Team (Swat) and hopes that victory in May's election would bring a "tsunami of publicity and with it public concern and debate about our healthcare provision".

The group has travelled to the capital to protest on occasion, and hopes to "bring more than red faces to Cardiff and Westminster" if they win the seat.

RORY JEPSON: ABOVE AND BEYOND PARTY, CLWYD WEST Former bar manager Rory is putting himself forward as the "none of the above" party.

Like Richard Pryor's character in Brewster's Millions he has no intention of being a politician.

The group's manifesto states their only aim is to have "none of the above" included as an option on all UK ballot papers.

And it says their candidates would resign from their seats.

Rory, 31, who is currently unemployed, lives in Gellifor near Ruthin, and describes himself as a "big rugby fan" who likes swimming and camping and beautiful North Wales. He says: "My main hopes for the campaign are to spread the message that the status quo is not the only way to run the country."

Rory says he has felt disengaged with the political system since the last election, made worse by a lack of transparency by MPs in Westminster, citing issues such as the expenses scandal.

He is the only candidate in Wales, with the party fielding four others nationwide.

BARON BARNES VON CLAPTRAP: MONSTER RAVING LOONY PARTY, GOWER The Monster Raving Loony Party's aim is to satirise the system.

But rather than promote apathy, the group intends to encourage a more in-depth interest in politics. This is through the medium of humour and the party claims it does in fact debate serious issues and sensible ideas.

Its most recent conference in Llandrindod Wells saw Baron von Claptrap (otherwise known as David Barnes) propose the introduction of a 99p coin, super gluing young offenders together, and keeping all of the Gower's traffic lights permanently on green.

The party may never have received its PS500 election deposit back, which requires 5% of the vote, but is fielding 15 candidates across the UK.

Baron von Claptrap said: "A Loony vote is not a wasted vote but a positive protest at their lack of skills, sensible policies and leadership capabilities."

JEFF GREEN: CHRISTIAN PARTY (WALES), CARDIFF NORTH Jeff Green is the sole candidate running for this party in Wales.

Predictably based on Christian values, the party agrees to not run against another candidate in a constituency if they sign up to the British Values 2015 document they created.

The document states the candidate agrees to abide by certain religious values, and has been signed by 23 prospective MPs, including Cardiff South and Penarth Ukip man John Rees Evans.

The party itself focuses on aspects such as getting young people involved in politics, reducing the size of the government, and of course promoting Christian values. Mr Green said: "We were never going to get a large number of seats so we instead focus on having an impact across the nation."

Mr Green is aware of the party's low profile, and gives them a 1,000,000-1 chance of winning the Cardiff North seat.

He said: "I still get people coming up to me saying 'I didn't know you existed'."


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Date:Apr 26, 2015
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