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, 18 July, 2014 - 12:00

    The controversial Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill completed its path through Parliament on Thursday 17th July in just three days. It has now received Royal Assent.

    The Pirate Party and civil liberties campaigners had criticised DRIP as an attack on fundamental rights, and an extension of powers and scope of mass surveillance. Concerns were also raised about the use of emergency powers to push the legislation through, leaving little time for constituents to contact their Members of Parliament.

    Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye said:

    "It...

  • Thursday, 10 July, 2014 - 20:30

    Unions representing public sector workers, including teachers, firefighters and civil servants have been on strike today with the Fire Brigade Union planning to carry out more 2 hour strikes over a number of days.

    The strikes follow disputes with the government over pay, pensions and cuts including the three year public sector pay freeze and subsequent below inflation pay rise of 1%. 

    The government shifted the blame for the strike action on unions, claiming that strike action has been called without a significant level of support.  Prime Minister David Cameron has called...

  • Thursday, 10 July, 2014 - 10:15

    Legislation described as "emergency" will be brought in next week to force phone and internet companies to keep records of phone calls, texts and internet use. The proposals were agreed by all three main parties out of public view in the course of this week.

    This follows a recent ruling of the European Court of Justice that such powers entail "a wide ranging and particularly serious interference with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data".

    MPs, civil society groups and the public have not had the chance to review this...

  • Friday, 4 July, 2014 - 14:30

    A controversial report into EU Freedom of Movement, written as part of the government's review of the balance of competencies within the European Union must be disclosed, the Information Commissioner has decided.
    The report was due to be published at the end of 2013, but unlike the other eight reports published on the 13th of February 2014, the 'Single Market: Free Movement of Persons' report was held back, with reports from some sources claiming that it had been held back indefinitely.

    The Home Office replied in March to a Freedom of Information Act request submitted by...

  • Wednesday, 25 June, 2014 - 11:30

    Theresa May has used the annual Lord Mayor's Defence and Security Lecture to call for changes to the law to give new powers of surveillance to the government. Despite the extensive coverage given to broad range of programmes revealed in by Edward Snowden, she claimed the UK's lack of technological capability presented a "great danger".

    She mentioned Governments always having the power to "monitor communications and to collect data about communications". In an apparent denial of GCHQ programmes such as Mastering the Internet and TEMPORA she said: "Far from having some fictitious...

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