About the Press Team

Pirate Party spokespeople are always ready to give a lively, informed, and often provocative view on the issues of the day. Whether it's tech politics, civil liberties, the EU, local issues or anything else we'll have something to say.  

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National Press Releases

  • Friday, 23 January, 2015 - 10:00

    A cross-party group of peers has proposed forcing through the text of the Communications Data Bill by inserting it in to the Counter Terrorism and Security Bill going through parliament. This would leave just days to consider complex legislation that has already been rejected.

    The Communications Data Bill was widely criticised as a "Snoopers' Charter" that attacked innocent citizens' privacy and opened the door legitimising the mass surveillance already in place as revealed by the Snowden leaks.

    Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye said: 

    "This attempt to sneak...

  • Wednesday, 21 January, 2015 - 15:30

    The inquiry chaired by John Chilcot into the UK's role in the 2003 Iraq invasion and its consequences will not now be published before the General Election. There is reported to be US-UK tension about revealing the personal messages between George W Bush and Tony Blair. Controversy continues about the circumstances of the allegations that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction.

    Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye said:

    “It is completely unacceptable for us not to have the Chilcot report before the General Election. British voters deserve to be able to...

  • Monday, 19 January, 2015 - 10:15

    EU copyright rules simply aren't suited to cope with the increase of cross-border cultural exchange facilitated by the Internet, an upcoming European Parliament own-initiative report evaluating 2001's copyright directive finds. The draft released today by Julia Reda, MEP for the German Pirate Party, lays out an ambitious reform agenda for the overhaul of EU copyright announced in the Commission's work programme.

    Pirate Party MEP Julia Reda said:

    "The EU copyright directive was written in 2001, in a time before YouTube or Facebook. Although it was meant to adapt...

  • Tuesday, 13 January, 2015 - 11:30

    In response to the shootings in Paris, David Cameron has called for the return of the failed 'Snoopers Charter' and banning communication that uses encryption. This would threaten popular services like Snapchat and WhatsApp. 

    Commentators have condemned these plans, Cory Doctorow saying they would "endanger every Briton" and The Next Web described them as "catastrophic".

    Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye said:

    "The appalling attacks in Paris were truly shocking. They were carried out by cowardly people who represent no-one but themselves."

    ...
  • Thursday, 2 October, 2014 - 18:00

    The Prime Minister has confirmed that future majority Conservative government would repeal the Human Rights act and replace it with a yet undefined “British Bill of Rights”. 

    In his speech to the Conservative party conference he said "This country will have a new British bill of rights to be passed in our parliament rooted in our values. And as for Labour’s Human Rights Act? We will scrap it, once and for all.”

    Further details were released on jackofkent.com...

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