National Press Releases

  • Tuesday, 10 January, 2017 - 18:45

    First the Snoopers Charter sought to kill privacy, then the DE Bill plans to remove our freedom to choose which publications we want to expose ourselves to, but now the Conservatives are going to the source with the activation of section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013.

    Section 40 was in response to the Leveson Inquiry, which recommended legal remedies should be more easily available to the public.

    In principle, this is a good idea, however the Act is terribly worded.

    Pirate Party Media Spokesperson David A Elston said:

    "The addition of...

    Contact Name:
    David A Elston
  • Tuesday, 10 January, 2017 (All day)

    Ahoy Pirates,

    As we start the New Year - we thought a Member's Update - looking at the Year past and the Year ahead was in order...

    A Year in Review

    So earlier in the Year we got our first Pirate representative in any level of government; 1st March 2016 (St David's Day) was when David Elston was co-opted onto the St Athan Community Council. He has been an effective advocate for Pirate policies on the council, in particular trying to increase the levels of transparency and openness to the local community.

    In May, Andreas Habeland stood in a local...

    Contact Name:
    Mark Chapman
  • Wednesday, 14 December, 2016 - 21:00

    Pirate Party UK now hosts two councillors. Kev Young, an Independent councillor on the Parton Parish council in Cumbria has joined the Pirate Party UK and was successful in being immediately co-opted back on to the council after standing down.

    The Pirate Party UK has a policy that on any occasion when someone who is an independent or from another party crosses the floor they should immediately stand down and seek to regain their seat, ensuring they still have a suitable mandate to represent the people.

    We are happy to welcome Kev Young to our crew.


    Contact Name:
    David Elston / Kev Young
  • Friday, 2 December, 2016 - 21:30

    Almost a month after the most successful elections for any national Pirate Party, the Icelandic Pirate Party has been formally asked to try and form a Government after both the 2 largest parties failed to do so. They will now continue talks with a number of other parties in an effort to break the current deadlock to finding a willing coalition of parties to form a Government.

    Mark Chapman, Pirate Party Spokesperson said:

    "This is the next step in the progression of Pirate politics from the fringes towards the mainstream. There is clearly a lot of work to be done by our...

    Contact Name:
    Mark Chapman
  • Wednesday, 16 November, 2016 - 23:15

    Today we have heard the saddening news that the IP Bill has been through the 3rd and final reading in Parliament, and is now subject only to Royal Assent. In short, it is now inevitable that the bill will become law. That such an intrusive bill can become law, supported by both major parties, is a saddening indictment of the current state of politics.


    Pirate Party Spokesperson for Young People, Michael Moriarty said:

    "Obviously this is not the outcome any of us wanted. Parties in government have either pushed this bill or formed an ineffective argument against it...

    Contact Name:
    Mark Chapman / Michael Moriarty


About the Press Team

Pirate Party spokespeople are always ready to give a lively, informed, and often provocative view on the issues of the day. Whether it's tech politics, civil liberties, the EU, local issues or anything else we'll have something to say.

How can I contact the Press team?

For interview requests, specific statements or quotes email the Press Office at  You can sign up to receive press releases or find more contact details on our contact page if you would like to get in touch with a specific person or team.

If you would like further information about a specific person you can find biographies and images on their profile page by searching our staff and volunteer list and you can access some of the many appearances online, in print, on TV and radio from our press hits.