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, 31 July, 2015 - 17:00

    For immediate release.

    David Cameron has today announced a crackdown on free pornography sites. In a statement he says that free porn "could be shut down within months" and "I want to see age restrictions put into place or these websites will face being shut down".

    Cameron will likely use the same filters that were sold to the electorate as being there to prevent the distribution of images of child abuse. These were subsequently, almost immediately repurposed on behalf of the copyright lobby to prevent the free sharing of information on sites such as The Pirate Bay....

  • Thursday, 30 July, 2015 - 02:45

    On 30th July 2009, Andrew Robinson registered Pirate Party UK as a political party for the first time. Today, we are proud to celebrate our 6th Birthday, and launch #WeArrSix, our Pirate Party campaign retrospective.

    Over the last 6 years, the world has changed dramatically, but Pirate Party UK have campaigned tirelessly for civil liberties, digital freedoms and democratic reform. During this time, PPUK have...

  • Tuesday, 28 July, 2015 - 15:45

    Under draconian new powers intended to be implemented by Lambeth Council on 17th August, you could be fined up to £1000 for buying or using perfume, paint, incense sticks, or any other 'intoxicating' substance in any public space within Lambeth.

    Lambeth Council are seeking to introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in order to crack down on the growing use of nitrous oxide (a legal high) in the borough and the associated litter and anti-social behaviour.

    However, the PSPO defines Legal Highs as "Intoxicating substances (excluding alcohol) with the capacity to...

  • Friday, 17 July, 2015 - 12:00

    Controversial surveillance legislation that was pushed through Parliament in days has been found to be unlawful by the High Court. It was found that the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 (DRIPA) failed to provide clear and precise rules to protect data and that the access is not authorised by a court and independent body.

    DRIPA was in response to the Court of Justice of the EU ruling that the directive on data retention interfered with an individual's right to privacy. The then coalition government rushed through DRIPA claiming an "emergency".  DRIPA allows the Home...

  • Thursday, 9 July, 2015 - 11:00

    The European Parliament has voted on negotiating principles or 'red lines' on the EU-US trade deal TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership). The vote had been delayed after a large number of amendments to the report had been put down.

    TTIP has been particularly controversial because of its secret negotiations and potential to undermine European standards. 2.3 million EU citizens signed a petition to Stop TTIP.

    Amendments to uphold environmental, worker protection and get rid of red tape in TTIP were adopted. However a compromise on a form of one of the most...

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