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

  • Monday, 18 April, 2016 - 12:00

    The Pirate Party recognises the importance of Web encryption to protect personal and business information that flow over the Internet. Such data is exchanged more and more frequently, and users often don't even know when it's happening. It's clear at this point that encrypting is something all of us should be doing for our own security and privacy.

    The Pirate Party's web pages are made available using HTTPS, the secure form of web access that protects the data that is exchanged. HTTPS runs over a secure transport protocol and is anchored by a certificate. Certificates are issued...

  • Monday, 4 April, 2016 - 14:30

    The Pirate Party rejects Labour's attempt to amend the Investigatory Powers Bill. The bill is wrong in principle and dangerous in practice and should be scrapped.

    Adrian Short, Pirate Party spokesperson, said:

    "Andy Burnham's letter to the home secretary today shows just how closely Labour is prepared to work with the Tories to undermine the security and privacy of everyone in Britain.

    "Burnham's hair-splitting over precisely who should have access to everyone's internet records and in which circumstances ignores the core principle that the state should not...

  • Tuesday, 15 March, 2016 - 10:45

    The Pirate Party is calling on MPs of all parties to work together to defeat the Investigatory Powers Bill, which gets its second reading in the House of Commons today.

    The bill would force internet companies to keep customers' browsing records for up to a year and turn them over to authorities without a warrant. It also seeks to legalise the mass hacking of people's phones and computers by government without any individual suspicion.

    Adrian Short, Pirate Party spokesperson, said:

    "There is no way to make permanent surveillance of the whole population safe. The...

  • Monday, 15 February, 2016 - 22:00

    The Pirate Party UK welcomed the EU Commission's proposal to allow people to access media abroad that they pay for at home.

    If passed, the law could allow people to access TV, films, sports broadcasts, music, e-books, games and other media that they have rented at home. This benefit may extend to service providers such as Google Play, iTunes, Spotify, Sky Go, BT Sport, Amazon e-books, BBC and others.

    Pirate Party Spokesperson George Walkden said:

    "We welcome this positive step, but recognise that it is only a very small exception to the much...

  • 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...