The Importance of a Positive Campaign

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We have grown familiar with political campaigning in our country, and this General Election is bringing out more of the same. The focus is on the harm other parties might do, on the characters and capabilities of the opposing candidates, and on the flaws in the policies and manifestos that others are putting forward.

In short, the campaigns that are being run are largely negative. It's easy to see how we all get sucked into this way of talking. It is much simpler to put out a Tweet with a comical picture of a party leader and a witty comment than it is to think through your own beliefs and policies. And when you're immersed in a social media world that is swamped with similar conversations it is only natural to respond in kind turning political debate into a tribal battle.

But wouldn't it be nice if the campaign could stay positive? If we spoke up about what we want to see happen, what policies we support, and why? If we focused on what we have to offer rather than what we hate about the opposition?

Homelessness rampant in Manchester; does the solution rest with a pirate?

Neil Blackburn, the Pirate Party parliamentary candidate for Manchester Central, has made it clear that he considers the level of homelessness in Manchester to be a central issue in the campaign.

As a stay at home dad, which he describes as the best job anyone could have, Neil has spent a lot of time out and about with his son. He has seen the city at its best, and at its worst: drunken violence, drug abuse and addiction, homelessness, and lately the zombie plague that spice has brought. These issues are obvious to anyone who is truly part of Manchester and views the city as a whole.

"The challenge of homelessness is one we must tackle at the local and national level," says Neil, "and a combination of policies and approaches are needed.

Pirates want online and offline freedoms

The Pirate Party is campaigning for people to be free online and offline, and believes there is greater surveillance of people's online activities.

Justice Spokesperson and Lead Candidate Mark Chapman said it had "an unique offering" on free speech, whistle-blowing and justice.

He was speaking to Daily Politics presenter Andrew Neil, and Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, about the party standing 10 candidates in the 2017 general election.

Thursday, 11 May, 2017 - 13:00

Press Release: Pirate Party announce second wave GE2017 Candidates

Thursday, 11 May, 2017 - 21:30

The cavalry has arrived, setting a new record for the number of candidates standing on behalf of the Pirate Party in a General Election. Having stood nine candidates in 2010 and six in 2015, now we are fielding a total of ten candidates the length and breadth of the country.

Press Hit: Christians joining the Pirate Party

"There are Christian Pirates standing. Mark Chapman is an Anglican and is the Pirate candidate in Vauxhall for the snap General Election. Morgan Hill is an Evangelical and is the Pirate candidate standing in Eddisbury. If we live in these areas, we should prayerfully consider supporting these men."

Wednesday, 10 May, 2017 - 19:30

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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