Press Releases

  • Press Office
    Friday, 7 May, 2010 - 20:30

    The Pirate Party UK has been relatively successful in contesting its first election since being founded 10 months ago. The nine Pirate candidates achieved up to a 0.6% share of the vote in their respective constituencies. Tim Dobson, campaigning in Manchester Gorton, had the best result, receiving 236 votes. If the party were able to stand in every constituency, the result would have scaled up to nearly 100,000 votes for the Pirate Party. Under proportional representation, the party would have two members of parliament - significant when considering European elections, which the Party...

  • Press Office
    Wednesday, 28 April, 2010 - 12:00

    The British Phonographic Industry (BPI), the organisation that represents the record industry, has recently released a summary of their 2009 sales, showing growth of 1.4% over the year - a performance that was 2.2% stronger than the rest of the economy - and these figures do not include live shows or performance royalties. The Pirate Party is pleased to see this increase and...

  • Press Office
    Tuesday, 27 April, 2010 - 22:30

    The Pirate Party UK is pleased to announce that nine candidates have now been officially nominated for the General Election on 6th May. These candidates have been selected by the members - and ratified by the Party - to represent it in its first election campaign, to promote the policies and ideals of the party, and to help raise the concerns of citizens worried about their digital rights. The candidates selected cover a broad swath of constituencies across England and Scotland.

    The Party campaigns on three core policies: the reform of copyright and patent law, the restoration and...

  • Press Office
    Monday, 26 April, 2010 - 22:00

    Parliamentary candidates from the Pirate Party UK have accused Labour and the Conservatives of being "hypocrites" after both parties repeatedly infringed on the copyright of others during their election campaigns.

    Shortly before parliament was dissolved, both parties colluded to force through the Digital Economy Act 2010. The act was widely criticised for its extreme punishments for those who have merely been accused of copyright infringement. It was opposed by MPs from all corners of Parliament, consumer groups, industry groups, artists and academics. Under the act, people who are...

  • Press Office
    Thursday, 8 April, 2010 - 01:15

    Today marks a sombre day for Britain's digital future as Members of Parliament appeared from the woodwork to force through fatally flawed and disturbingly draconian piece of legislation, despite wide-ranging objections from all corners of the chamber both over the content of the Bill and the manner in which it was passed.

    The majority of MPs were reportedly under a deeply inappropriate three-line whip - meaning any revolt held the most severe punishments - effectively forcing a vote in favour despite it being one of the most contentious bills of recent years. Fewer than 50 MPs...

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