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.

How can I contact the Press team?

For interview requests, specific statements or quotes email the Press Office at press@pirateparty.org.uk or call us on 0161 987 7880.  You can sign up to receive press releases or find more contact details on our contact page if you would like to get in touch with a specific person or team.

If you would like further information about a specific person you can find biographies and images on their profile page by searching our staff and volunteer list and you can access some of the many appearances online, in print, on TV and radio on our press archive.

Who is on the Press Team?

The Press Office is currently handled by Andrew Norton, Stephen Ogden and others; however we are currently looking for a member to take over the responsibility of running the Press Office, in addition to more volunteers to help write releases. If you would be interested please contact press@pirateparty.org.uk

 

 

National Press Releases

  • Tuesday, 9 February, 2016 - 18:30

    #SaferInternetDay is a mixed day for Pirates. Of course it's important to stay safe online but often promoting safety online gets muddied with discouraging people to use emerging technologies for fear something bad might happen.


    We take risks both online and offline. Should we really treat our online lives any differently? As we all know, there are a variety of ways we can keep ourselves...

  • Thursday, 4 February, 2016 - 12:30

    The Pirate Party welcomes reports that the United Nations panel on arbitrary detention has ruled that the UK's treatment of Julian Assange is unlawful. The UK should now grant him safe passage to Ecuador.

    David Elston, Pirate Party deputy leader said:

    "Julian Assange has spent over three years in the Ecuadorian embassy in conditions that the United Nations says amount to unlawful detention. Staying in the embassy is harmful to his health and he cannot access adequate medical treatment. He is subject to constant surveillance. The Swedish prosecutor continues to...

  • Tuesday, 26 January, 2016 (All day)

    The Pirate Party is backing the Fair Tax Town campaign, the latest group showing their discontent for our over-complicated and unfair tax system.

    Fair Tax Town highlights this unfairness by helping small local businesses to exploit the loopholes used by global corporations. Their message to HMRC is simple: Shut down these loopholes or we'll all use them. One such loophole is an "intellectual property" loophole, an area Pirates are very familiar with.

    David Elston, Pirate Party deputy leader and spokesperson for Wales said:

    "The people of Wales have a...

  • Monday, 25 January, 2016 - 16:00

    The Pirate party is letting loose the sails, storming back into the fight for protecting our civil liberties, free speech and campaigning for more openness at all levels of government by standing a candidate in the Higher Blackley by-election on 18 February.
     
     
    George Walkden, election candidate, said:
     
    "Manchester has been at the heart of Pirate politics in the UK. I am standing for Higher Blackley because I know that people here strongly oppose what the Conservatives have done nationally, and what the Labour council has done locally. Pirates are...

  • Wednesday, 20 January, 2016 - 13:00

    The Pirate Party is gravely concerned that a 10-year-old Muslim boy at a primary school in Lancashire was investigated by police on suspicion of terrorism for making a simple spelling error in an essay, and calls for a change in the law.

    Mark Chapman, Pirate Party justice spokesperson, said:

    "By creating a duty for public authorities to supposedly prevent terrorism, the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 puts front-line public workers such as teachers and doctors in a perilous position: if they report minor concerns to the police they may undermine the...

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