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Aquatrine PFI response

David Elston's picture

Recently residents approached me regarding a large fee that was deemed "necessary" for them to pay by the Aquatrine PFI Team with Ministry of Defence letter heads.

 

The letter was brief, confusing and seemingly did not take into account historical agreements with residents. I later recieved the same letter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tooting By-Election - Could You #BeThePirate?

Mark Chapman's picture

Ahoy Pirates!

Are you based in South-West London? Do you have a desire to experience a Parliamentary By-Election from the inside?
If so, could YOU be the Pirate candidate to contest the Tooting By-Election?

We need someone who would be willing to attend hustings (if any take place), do some campaigning in the seat, and use it as a real opportunity to raise the Party's profile (and yours) in this area of London as well as in the wider media.

There is a very short timeframe for this - and so we need to hear from you urgently if you are interested so that we can confirm your suitability and complete the required forms.

You can get in touch to say that you are interested, or just to find out more about what is involved by contacting nominations@pirateparty.org.uk.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Mark Chapman
Pirate Party UK - Deputy Nominating Officer

Happy Councillor new Year

David Elston's picture

Last night was the council's AGM (and my first one), which took place between 19:15 and 19:30. Cllr David Crompton stood down as Chairperson and Deputy Cllr Ann Barnaby was elected unanimously as the new Chairperson.


I was also elected to be the Deputy Vale of Glamorgan Community Liaison, taking over from Cllr Steve Haines.


Following that our usual meeting took place from 19:30.


We briefly discussed the brown site development of the Old Boys Village which has become a popular Urbex site. I say briefly because everyone who spoke on the matter was simply in support of the site's development, save concerns over the lane giving access to the housing. The site is to be mostly dismantled apart from the iconic Church and Caretaker's hut to allow new homes to be built. I am very delighted this application was made and wholly support it. Some details-for-joy are:

A Pirate and Two Police Candidates, Walk into a Church

David Elston's picture

Crime is a big area of concern in my St Athan ward of Flemingston and Eglwys Brewis, particually on the East Camp development. Similarly the Pirate Party has elected not to stand candidates in the PCC elections. From both a Pirate perspective it's important we still be involved in the political debate and as a Cllr I must represent the views and concerns of my ward.

To this end I hosted a Police and Crime Commssioner hustings event at The Gathering Place on East Camp. There were questions on hot-topics, questions from the press and questions from the audience.

 

Invited Candidates were:

Mike Baker; Independent

Judith Woodman; Liberal Democrat

Linet Purcell; Plaid Cymru (Cancelled - Apologised)

Timothy Davies; Conservative (No Reply)

Alun Michael; Labour Incumbent (No Reply)

 

 

TTIP Leaks: It Ain't Over Yet

Wendy Cockcroft's picture

I am very proud of the part I played in helping to fight off ACTA in 2012. Indeed, I must confess to a certain amount of schadenfreude where the lamentation of our opponents is concerned. That said, CETA and TTIP are still on the radar and although they have been shot several times they are still on their feet. This is mostly due to the efforts of the corporate lobbyists and their allies in the European Parliament and the US Congress, who are determined to push it through no matter what because they believe it will spur growth. The main bones of contention for Pirates are the intellectual property chapters and ISDS.

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