General Election

Pirate Party UK Leader on the UK Election Results

We’ve already seen that many within the UK tech scene seem relatively pleased about the results of the UK General Election, but most of them seemed concerned about how it would impact their business more than anything else. But what about people concerned with our online civil liberties? The Pirate Party’s raison d’etre is promoting online freedom, and with the Conservative government openly supporting GCHQ surveillance and tighter internet controls, how do they feel about the results? We talk to Pirate Party UK Leader Loz Kaye to find out.

Tuesday, 19 May, 2015 - 15:30

#VotePirate

With all the hard work that has been put in (even if it isn’t quite finished) it is important that we make the most of these last few hours. So, go and vote and encourage others to vote (whether they are voting Pirate or not!).  If you are voting Pirate, let people know why! Even if you can't, today is the last day where you can make the case that a vote for Pirate Party is the right thing to do and that our issues are vital. Talk to your friends and family, talk to your co-workers and anyone else you know and make sure they vote today.  Do share images on twitter and other social media, our materials page has a host of images available for you to publicise our issue!

Why Pirate ?

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In the run up to the election the calls for tactical voting are increasing. Newspapers are telling you how to vote. Celebrities are being wheeled out to tell you how to vote. There are ever louder cries for people to abandon their principles and gamble on a particular outcome. Even though the outcome of this election is the most uncertain in recent history.

Every attempt is being made to squeeze every small party vote by appealing to the fears of either Miliband or Cameron as Prime Minister. When frankly quite a lot of us don't rate either.

So why vote Pirate then, when so much is at stake this time?

The simple answer is that every vote for us is a vote for a different agenda. That politics' priorities should be set by all the people, not  just by Westminster insiders, a Murdoch press and celebrity bigmouths.

FAQ's - Where do You stand on Media Ownership?

We are very fortunate in Sheffield to have an excellent array of local independent online journalists, as well as community radio and TV now. We need to encourage and support these and others to ensure that we have a locally focused free press in the future.

Media barons like Rupert Murdoch have far too much power in our democracy and we need regulation. However, I would like to emphasize that while regulation of media companies when they get to a certain size is important, it is not right for us to enter into a censorship campaign that would choke the press and stifle the free flowing exchange of information.

Manchester Campaigning

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Here's an update on Manchester Central campaigning plans. Let us know on manchester@pirateparty.org.uk if you are able to attend.

We'll be leafleting and doing the final push for the election :)

Thursday 30th April  - Beswick and Openshaw

Meet both sessions Asda Sportcity, Ashton New Road, Manchester M11 4BD

3pm - 5pm

6pm- 8pm

Friday 1st May - Ardwick

Meet both sessions Whitworth Art Gallery Oxford Road, Manchester, Lancashire M15 6ER, United Kingdom

3pm- 5pm

6pm - 8pm

Saturday 2nd May - Ancoats

http://www.meetup.com/Manchester-Pirates/events/222114023/

Monday 4th May - City Centre

Meet both sessions 30 Canal Street, Manchester M1 3EZ

11am- 1pm

2pm - 5pm

Tuesday 5th May - Ardwick Student Halls

Meet  Whitworth Art Gallery Oxford Road, Manchester, Lancashire M15 6ER, United Kingdom

First Pirate Party candidate for Sheffield

A former soldier is to be the first candidate from the Pirate Party to stand for election in Sheffield.

Dad-of-four Andy Halsall, of Upperthorpe, is standing as the party’s candidate for Sheffield Central in the general election in May.

The party – which focuses on bringing about reform to patent and copyright laws,reducing surveillance and ensuring freedom of speech – has been going for five years. 

Tuesday, 17 March, 2015 - 09:15

People make politics: The Pirate Party on why it's crowdsourcing its manifesto

By Dave Neal

THE PIRATE PARTY UK is steadily increasing its position in the political spectrum, aided perhaps by the actions and behaviour of the big three parties.

Taking this further is the organisation's keen eye and large ear for the views of the electorate. In the run up to the General Election, The Pirate Party is again asking the population to steer its policies.

This could put the party at an advantage in this Post-Snowden, more informed world, and cause upset at the polls.

We spoke to the party's latest prospect, Sheffield Central candidate Andy Halsall, about the crowdsourcery and its impact on the party and its politics. (Read more on theinquirer.net)


 

Friday, 13 March, 2015 - 13:00

Pirate Party UK will contest Green target seat, Sheffield Central

Thursday, 12 March, 2015 - 12:30

The Pirate Party has announced it will be standing at least one candidate in Sheffield for the General Election in May.  Andy Halsall was selected by local members on the 5th of March 2015.

This will be the first time in the Party's five and a half years of campaigning in the UK that it will be standing candidates in Sheffield. Previously the party has contested Parliamentary seats in various parts of the UK, including London, Manchester, Derby and Leicester, as well as the European Election in 2014 and Scottish Parliamentary Elections.

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