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Pirate Party surges in polls to become biggest political party in Iceland

• independent.co.uk

Iceland is in the grips of piracy, albeit the Pirate Party who have managed to become the biggest political party in the country, after local polling showed public support in overwhelming numbers.

The Party, which has sprung up in over 60 countries, campaigns for internet and data freedom. It now has a 23.9 per cent share of the vote, up from 12.8 per cent in February.

By comparison the poll, conducted Icelandic market research company MMR, showed that the country's ruling Independence Party had slipped from 25.5 per cent to 23.4 per cent.

Over the past month the party has seen its membership soar, according to recent polling, and would win 16 seats in Iceland's Parliament in the event of an election.

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