Sunday, 1 April, 2018 - 13:00

If you live in Wales, are aged 11-18 and want to take part in the Welsh Youth Parliament you will not be allowed to disclose your party affiliation.

The Welsh Government announced the end to their consultation in November 2017 and have decided on the particulars surrounding the Welsh Youth Parliament, despite never publishing the results of the consultation.

Those aged 11-18 are permitted to take part, the first elections will be November 2018 and there will be 60 members but none are allowed to disclose their party association(s). Indeed it is unclear if any register of...

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#STEMPiratenPartij - With 1 week till polling day, let's support the Dutch Pirates

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As I mentioned in a blogpost back in November - the Dutch go to the polls on Wednesday of next week (15th March) and we are looking to make sure that the Dutch Pirates (Piratenpartij) make it into the House of Representatives - securing at least 1 seat and hopefully more.

The way in which the Dutch voting system works with Proportional Representation across the country means that you are trying to get your message spread as far and wide across the country as a whole - there is no 'targetting' of very local areas as we have in the UK. It means that a digital social media campaign has the potential to be very effective as you are trying to reach as many people as possible, but requires that people actually follow through and cast a vote for you, rather than just hit 'Like' on Twitter.

January 2017 - Nominations Officer Election - Results

Ahoy there,

Following the election for the position of Nominations Officer I am pleased to confirm that Jason Winstanley was elected. There were 26 valid votes, 24 for Jason and 2 for RON (Re-Open Nominations).

On the voting for the 2 Amendments to the Party Constitution, the results are as follows:

Amendment 1 (Change Govs from 12 to 9): 22 Votes, 21 Yes, 1 No
Amendment 2 (Remove No Confidence Paragraph): 22 Votes, 19 Yes, 3 No

These amendments will duly be made to the official Party Constitution.

Thanks, and do please continue to support the party - come and chat to us on Discord, follow us on Twitter, Like us on Facebook and generally get involved and help us move the party forward.

Cheers,

Mark Chapman

Deputy Nominations Officer

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)

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Tuesday, 14 February, 2017 - 21:30

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.

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