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Monday, 20 April, 2015 - 11:30

The Pirate Party is to run on UK politics' first truly crowd-sourced manifesto. The Pirate Party stands for bringing democracy closer to people and making a politics which works with them.

The General Election fighting manifesto for candidates is here.

The full policy set is available at:

Key points are:

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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!

General Election 2015: Do the pirates float your boat?

“They’re all the same”. “It doesn’t matter what I decide”. “My vote doesn’t matter anyway”

Sound familiar? If you’ve been paying any attention to the noise surrounding this general election then you’ve probably heard all of these sentiments before. You might even agree with them, as nearly 35% of voters didn’t turnout and put a cross on the ballot last time around.  

You would be forgiven in thinking that all politicians in the big parties are alarmingly similar. David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage are all privately educated, with only Farage not attending Oxbridge. On the other hand, the leader’s debates have exposed the country to some dynamic new female forces – Natalie Bennett for the Greens, Leanne Wood of Plaid Cymru and Nicola Sturgeon of the SNP. After seeing Sturgeon’s success in the debates, the question ‘can I vote for SNP if I live in England?’ was one of the most widely searched on Google.  (read more at

Wednesday, 6 May, 2015 - 17:30

Why Pirate?

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In 2010 I helped Tim Dobson campaign in Gorton. It was the first political campaign I had been involved in and it showed me how important the democratic process was in the UK. More importantly, it left me very aware at how under-represented I was in it.

I'd introduced Tim to open source software and had been a little involved in open source and open data projects, but never really as an activist. That changed rapidly..

As part of that campaign we asked whether people were pirates, whether they believed the same sort of things Tim did, whether they saw open government, transparency, civil liberties and digital rights as important.

The answer then, as it is now for many people was yes!

Since then I've worked within the party on organisation, policy, directed our crowd sourced policy initiative in 2012, designed and executed election campaigns and worked with our IT and campaigns team to deliver the tools we need to manage the party and campaign. It was hard work, but every time we hit a bump something would happen that would remind me why I was a pirate.

General Election 2015: A pirate, a cannabis campaigner and the voice of apathy - the candidates you may not have seen

Beyond the major parties, there are a host of candidates fighting for issues close to their hearts at this General Election

The Pirate Party was the first in the UK to crowd-source its manifesto, gathering policies from all those who submitted them.

Their primary policy, shared with other Pirate Parties in various countries like Sweden and Germany, is the reform of copyright and patent laws.

That aside, the party claims it wants to bring democracy closer to the people and make policy that works.. (Read more on


Sunday, 26 April, 2015 - 12:00

Candidates find that faith and politics do mix

A CONSERVATIVE inspired by her dealings with the NHS, a Labour candidate who worries about where the next George Lansbury is, and a Pirate keen to debate Edward Snowden's revelations are among the Christians fighting for a seat in Parliament this year.

Friday, 24 April, 2015 - 10:30

Policy Process Results and General Election Fighting Manifesto

So here we are, the results of our latest crowdsourcing policy process, added in to our existing policy set. This has resulted in our broadest ever political platform - made by you, not cooked up by 'focus groups'.

You can see the results on -

The results are broken down in to different areas, from Digital Rights and Surveillance to Welfare and Work.

Each area has all the individual points linked after an overview.

We have produced a General Election fighting manifesto for the candidates here:

It's more condensed to get across the key points. After all, if all of this could be achieved in just five years that would be quite something!

I'm really proud of what we are doing in British politics, which is showing that it can be done in a different way. Of course it's just a start. This needs to be expanded, and argued over ever further. Democracy should be about a process.

But now - let's get out and support the Pirate voice and tell people it's time to think different.

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For a breakdown of results please see:


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