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Gower: Mini Manifesto

My name is Jason, and I live in Pontarddulais. I've lived here for what would be nearly eight years, had I not taken the opportunity to take a year away to work in Cornwall. Previous to this, I grew up in the village of Bynea, on the outskirts between Swansea and Llanelli. The beauty of Gower is easy to see, and I am jubilant to have the opportunity to represent the people who call this area their home.

My main aim would be to give the people of Gower a voice in the UK Parliament, ensuring that their voices and opinions are represented politically and fairly in London. Members of Parliament are, for all intents and purposes, employed by the people of their constituency, and like a member of staff of a factory or store is accountable to their manager and employer, Members of Parliament must be accountable to the people who elected them.

Morgan's Mini Manifesto - Eddisbury GE2017

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My name is Morgan. I live in Winsford (Cheshire) and have lived here most of my life.

I care about young people who can’t get onto the property ladder, because developers are flooding the market with family houses, I believe this needs to be addressed. I will push for a higher standard of housing stock with the best insulation, the best connectivity and access to green spaces. I will oppose new developments that are not primarily catering for first time buyers. I will also seek to close the loops holes in the help to by scheme that allow people already on the housing ladder to upgrade cheaply at the expense of house prices rising and farthing financial inequality. I will attempt to abolish leasehold for new builds and developments.

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Thank you.

I really think it’s important to start here, with thanks to everyone who came out on Thursday, 4th May and voted Pirate... and indeed for those who voted at all.

The last local elections in 2012 saw a turn out of just 754 people here, while this time 993 turned up to give themselves a voice at the ballot boxes.

Of those 993, a whopping 75 of them decided to #VotePirate which is a 7.6% vote share. For some perspective, in previous years the Liberal Democrats have only managed 7.2% and Plaid have scored 6.2% to 11.6% while an Independent once hit 6.7%.

Leaked document reveals secret government plan to disrupt encryption

On May 4th, 2017, the Open Rights group released a document detailing government plans to install backdoors enabling them to intercept real-time communications of up to 10,000 people.

By doing so Amber Rudd’s plan to ban end to end encryption will come to reality. This will not only force any company with more than 10,000 users to let government organisations view in real time the communications of any of their users, but by doing so will enable any hacker in the world with the codes to access the "hand-over point", but it gets worse. This hand-over point is chosen by the warrant issuer to ensure real-time access, that will mean that potentially insecure nodes will be used to pass messages onto agents, nodes that can easily be hacked.

While the Pirate Party UK sees the value of reading the messages of suspected criminals, doing so at the almost certain cost of sharing user messages to anyone in the world. This is yet another example of how government ministers misunderstanding basic principles of IT and jumping to solutions, then pushing these proposals through in secret

Jerry Fishenden resigns from Co-chair of the PCAG

Jerry Fishenden, one of the UK's leaders in the world of technology, has resigned from his position as co-chair of the PCAG (Privacy Consumer Advice Group) (Fishenden 2017).

The PCAG was founded in 2006 to ensure that legislation is reasonable and achievable for tech companies before it is debated by MPs. According to the government, the PCAG aims to ensure:

  • Users are in control of their information
  • Information isn’t centralised
  • Users have a choice of who provides services on their behalf

On his blog, (Fishenden 2017) Fishenden states how over recent years his group has been increasingly ignored. He specifically points out part five of the Digital Economy Act which weakens citizens control of their data and makes it easier for public authorities and other organisations to share it (Say, 2017).

Fishenden also makes comment on how he and his group have written multiple letters to the MCO (Minster for the Cabinet Offices). However, since Francis Maude’s departure from the Position, the group has had less and less support.

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