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Tuesday, 14 February, 2017 - 21:30

No, it's not the title of the latest Zelda game. The #SaveTheLink campaign has been pushing to keep the internet a free place to express ourselves after the EU Commission proposed a new EU Copyright...

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Internal Elections - Get Voting!

Ahoy there,

Following the contested election for the position of Deputy Leader last month, Jason Winstanley wasn't deterred and was successfully nominated for the Nominations Officer position which was still vacant. Given the lack of other nominations voting for this position will open at 10pm this evening (Monday 27th Feb) for a week.

There are 2 candidates - Jason and RON (Re-Open Nominations). As usual, if you have any question for Jason then please get in touch on the Community forum, or on our Discord chat.

The Board and NEC have also taken the time to review the Party Constitution, and have 2 Amendments which they are putting to a Member Vote as follows:

Amendment 1: 
Section 8., Paragraph 1.
REPLACE "The Board of Governors shall consist of up to 12 Governors." with "The Board of Governors shall consist of up to 9 Governors."

Amendment 2:
Section 10, Paragraph 3
REMOVE the entire paragraph. 
"Additionally a vote of no confidence in a member of the NEC will be triggered when over 50% of the voting NEC members make their desire for a vote of no confidence known to the Board."
(Note: it is common in such cases to NOT renumber subsequent paragraphs in orderto avoid issues with cross-references.)

Both of these amendments are independent from one another and again voting opens at 10pm this evening, and will close at 10pm next week (Monday 6th March)

The whole constitution can be seen here for reference: https://pirateparty.org.uk/party/how-we-work/constitution

Leader's Update: Weigh Anchor! We've got work to do!

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Hello fellow Pirates

Our party is about political engagement and so regardless of how you voted I want to thank all of you for taking part in our internal elections, whether you voted, verified ballots or ran the whole thing.

You really have honoured me with 70% of ballots cast voting Dave for Deputy Leader and I will continue to be a spokesperson for the party in a direction we all can be proud of.

I am however mindful that at least 30% didn’t vote for me and at worst, voted “against” me. Perhaps in a general election this is some what less important as I would already have a clear mandate and wouldn’t have to worry about anything for five years. Alternatively if we were to take a lesson from Labour, we’d be fighting a civil war and having annual leadership elections...

That’s not how the Pirate Party UK does politics.

NEC Election Results - 2017

Ahoy Pirates,

So the results of our recent NEC Elections are as follows:

Deputy Leader: 21 Ballots - 14 for David Elston (ThyPirateDave), 5 for Jason Winstanley (Termy), 1 for RON (Re-Open Nominations), 1 Abstention - David Elston Elected on 1st Ballot

Secretary: 21 Ballots - 18 for Matt Johnson (Zapto), 3 for RON (Re-Open Nominations) - Matt Johnson Elected on 1st Ballot

New CIA director pledges crackdown on whistleblowers

Monday, 30 January, 2017 - 15:00

Mike Pompeo, the newly-confirmed director of the United States Central Intelligence Agency, has pledged to "aggressively seek to ensure we have the most effective programs for identifying insider threats" in a chilling statement of intent to US senators.

Pompeo's statement is a sign that the new director intends to pursue the same anti-leaks policies that discourage whistleblowing as were enforced by the previous administration under President Obama.

Pirate Party Whistleblowing Spokesperson Rebecca Sentance said:

Ethical Banking

Monday, 23 January, 2017 - 22:45

HSBC whistleblower 'Mr Ethical' has won his hard, drawn-out, 13-year-long battle against his former employer.

Four million pounds in compensation is due to be split between 6,700 people who had been forced to pay unreasonable debt collection charges.

David A Elston, Pirate Party Spokesperson, said:

“It’s not every day that someone takes on a big bank and wins. Just over a year ago, Nicholas Wilson (or as he has come to be known, 'Mr Ethical') told me, and the hosts of Anon UK Radio, about the gruelling experience he had been through.

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