Press Hit: Pirate Party looks to make waves with Vauxhall manifesto launch

The Pirate Party wants to rock the boat in Westminster with a manifesto launch yesterday in Vauxhall.

Other branches of the party have gained ground in countries such as Iceland in recent years, standing on a platform of internet freedom and the reduction of government surveillance, and the UK party hopes to do the same.

Mark Chapman, the Vauxhall candidate who won 201 votes in the last general election, joined party leader David Elston and Vale of Glamorgan candidate to reveal the manifesto in front of the MI6 building.

They both expect that their policies will increasingly resonate with voters and impact future politics.

Thursday, 18 May, 2017 - 21:30

Out of date Operating Systems leave NHS open to latest cyber attack

Friday, 12 May, 2017 - 21:00

Earlier today we saw the WanaCrypt0r 2.0 ransomware (the updated version of the WCry ransomware that first appeared in March) spread across the globe infecting companies and organisations ranging from Telefonica in Spain to the NHS here in the UK. @malwrhunterteam starting posting about it on Twitter when it was infecting countries other than the UK, then a few hours later there were reports of the NHS under cyber attack.

What is the Pirate Party UK and why do they have a general election candidate in Norwich North?

If you were expecting a lighthearted political party espousing the rights of salty seadogs, you would be very mistaken.

In fact, the Pirate Party UK are extremely serious - about issues such as freedom of speech, personal privacy and reform of copyright.

Friday, 12 May, 2017 - 16:45

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

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