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Friday, 17 November, 2017 - 22:00

Ahoy fellow Pirates, candidates and members alike

The voting period for the 2017 Internal NEC elections is open from 22:00 today and will close in a week on the 24th November at the same time, 22:00.

You have to be logged in and a paid up member in order to vote. Then go to https://www.pirateparty.org.uk/election/full-nec-election-2017 to vote.

If you are having any issues voting, in the first instance e-mail...

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2017 - NEC Election

Ahoy Pirates,

Following the NEC election process at the end of 2015 which attracted no candidates, the party has had no members of the NEC and has been being run by the Board of Governors. Given the lack of candidates, the NEC Elections were perpetually open for people to stand should they wish and we have now had people indicate interest in formally standing for the positions of Deputy Leader and Secretary. 

As such, we are looking to run a formal election process for these positions and nominations are now open for these 2 positions from now until 23:55pm on the 19th January. There will then be a 2 week period during which the Party membership can vote. Given that the other positions are technically open as well - if you get in touch with the party (through any of the usual channels - email, Discord or the community forum) we can formally open them up for nomination as well.

You can read about the positions and what is involved here: https://www.pirateparty.org.uk/nominations/so-you-want-stand

You can nominate or second someone here: https://pirateparty.org.uk/election/2017-nec-election

Once the Nominations period is completed, we will run a Vote process for all those positions which have attracted Nominations, and during this time please ask questions of those who have put themselves forward (on Discord - https://discordapp.com/invite/ZtPYHHw, or on the community forum https://community.pirateparty.org.uk/).

Kind Regards,

Pirates across Europe... What can we expect in 2017?

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As we start a New Year - time for a quick look ahead at the wider political situation for Pirates across Europe.

PiratenPartij - Dutch Elections in March

As I mentioned a few months back the Dutch Pirates are up and running in their campaign to secure their first elected representative(s) to the Dutch Parliament. The election will take place in March, but the campaign for all parties is now in full flow and the most recent Opinion Poll shows the Pirates getting a single seat. This is a positive start for Ancilla van der Leest and the Piratenpartij given the greater media exposure that other parties benefit from. They will really want to secure and build on that level of support as the campaign proper gets underway.

Parti Pirate - French Legislative Elections in June

Sir Ivan Rogers, UK's ambassador to the EU quits

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Sir Ivan, the man who would play a main role in the negotiations with the EU during the UKs extraction has resigned, sending a 1400-word thank you letter to his staff setting out his problems with why he felt his position was untenable and the current Governments position with regards to leaving the EU.

He begins his letter reminding the team that he was due to leave later this year

“As most of you will know, I started here in November 2013. My four-year tour is therefore due to end in October - although in practice if we had been doing the Presidency my time here would have been extended by a few months.

As we look ahead to the likely timetable for the next few years, and with the invocation of Article 50 coming up shortly, it is obvious that it will be best if the top team in situ at the time that Article 50 is invoked remains there till the end of the process and can also see through the negotiations for any new deal between the UK and the EU27.

It would obviously make no sense for my role to change hands later this year.

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Boundary Review - Pirate Party Respond (ENG - LDN, SE & SW)

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As you may be aware there are currently plans for a new set of Parliamentary Constituencies to be put in place in time for the next General Election in 2020, and the Boundary Commission (the independent organisation responsible) have recently been taking responses on their initial plans. As part of our commitment to open and transparent democracy we believe in responding to consultations such as this where we can do.

Pirates across Europe... can the Dutch keep the momentum going!

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Following the success of Pirates for Iceland, and the strong showing of the Icelandic Pirate Party the next European Election on the horizon for Pirates to keep an eye on is the Dutch General Election in March 2017.

Proportional Representation:

The Dutch electoral system is one of the most inclusive systems in the whole of Europe. There are 150 seats in the Dutch Parliament (Tweede Kamer - "House of Representatives") and there is straightforward proportional representation across the whole country in a single election. This means that it is theoretically possible to gain a seat in Parliament whilst getting just under 1% of the vote across the country as a whole.

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