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I'm looking to become the Pirate Party Candidate in Waveney, Suffolk

Hello everyone, my name is Adam Clarke, I'm 19 and currently doing a level 3 IT apprenticeship following an extended 3 year stint at college studying History, Psychology, Computing and Maths AS, then jumping ship to Film Studies, Creative Writing and English Literature A Levels.

I am a socialist, left-leaner and I care desperately about our digital rights and access to information at such a pivotal time in human history. I feel slowly these new-found freedoms are being eroded and it is up to us, the people, to try and take that power into our hands and protect freedom of access and net-neutrality, as well as foster an online library of information for people of all wealths and backgrounds to access. As such, I felt that my allegiances lay best with the Pirate Party and their ideals of digital reform, liberal reform, economic stimulation through investment rather than austerity, the complete top-down reorganisation and refocus of education, the removal of nuclear systems like trident, protection of the NHS, transparency and equality within the judicial system, and equality within the welfare state.

Bus un-fare

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Recently it was announced that the bus fare to St Athan Primary School was going to have an increase around three times its current price.

The new fee of £2.00 return bus fare, previously 80p return for comprehensive schools and 40p single or 70p return primary will be introduced in September after the new tender was accepted.

It is standard for the council to seek a new tender/renew an existing tender every 3 years. Regrettably cuts from central government have meant the council is no longer subsidising bus fares and now parents will need to pay the full amount if they need to use the bus.


I've looked into how families on low incomes may be able to seek financial assistance here.

Firstly all children between 5 and 16 qualify for free school transport if they go to their nearest suitable school if:

Aquatrine Respond to East Camp

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After going through the office of Jane Hutt we managed to get through to Aquatrine PFI, Richard Upton, Assurance Team Manager who has responded to my letter, their full reply is to the end of this post.

A summary

The original letter contained an error in the e-mail address, the correct address to send your concerns to is DIOSDTFM-AquatrinePMO@mod.uk and they apologise for this and the length of time it has taken to resolve.

Should the scheme go ahead, EVRCL would no longer supply, bill or be any way involved in the fresh water management to East Camp. I believe this to be in the best interests of residents, however no evidence has been provided for how they believe it would positively influence house prices and conceed the debt may also reduce salability so I do not see residents having to pay for this scheme as beneficial as the original leaflet alluded.

Snooper for PM

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Despite the zombie IP Bill (Snooper's Charter) being knocked back to the depths from whence it came repeatedly, Teresa May's dark magic managed to revive the bill time and time again. Sadly the lack of opposition from Labour helped facilitate this bill and now it's creator is set to be our next Prime Minister.


Her coronation to PM is a sad day for privacy advocates. While our ISPs will be keeping hordes of data on us, Teresa May will get to decide as she leads the country into paranoia and a lack of privacy what to use that data for.

Make Votes Matter - Open Letter

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Thousands are now calling for equal votes in all our democratic processes. Will the Tory leaders live up to their referendum rhetoric?

David Cameron has announced that he will resign as Prime Minister by October, meaning a leader chosen by the Conservative Party will become our new PM - with the public unable to give or withold its consent.

Following the EU Referendum the most important questions still have to be answered, including decisions about trade and immigration, foreign policy and sovereignty. The 2015 General Election manifestos did not include plans for a Britain out of Europe and the people have endorsed no particular exit plan.

Today I signed this open letter from the Make Votes Matter cross-party alliance.

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