Local Branches - Building Blocks of the Party

Branches are the building block of the party at a local level. Local branch Meetups are great opportunities for Pirates in local areas to come together, share ideas and support one another, as well as providing a base from which we can campaign and stand for election. We currently have active branches operating in London, Wales, York and Manchester.

If there isn't a branch in your area - then how about starting one? Get in touch and let us know where you are and what you are wanting to do and we can support you and advertise it. Perhaps you could pop over to the Community Forum and see if there is support from others in your area or somewhere nearby - we currently have Pirates in Cheshire, Birmingham and Hull who have indicated an interest in forming local branches in those areas too.

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.

An Independent UK - What that means for wales

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Wales has a very difficult time ahead. Naturally all EU funding possibilities for St Athan I have since abandoned or put on hold until new funding opportunities present themselves. Wales used to get more money out of the EU than it put in, even when you completely discount trade, as Wales is counted as either the first or second poorest area in the UK, depending on which measure is used, sometimes second to Cornwall.

The Welsh Government will have to negotiate hard over the formula with central government to ensure Wales continues to make this net gain in terms of payment; replacing the EU with England.

Many of our civil liberties and rights were inherited from the EU and we'll need strong Unions and people ready to fight to protect these when Parliament divorces from the EU. There is no guarantee these will be retained, even the EU laws which are enshrined in our own laws will be subject to review.

 

Investigatory Powers Bill: Andy Burnham is playing a dangerous game with our security and privacy

Monday, 4 April, 2016 - 14:30

The Pirate Party rejects Labour's attempt to amend the Investigatory Powers Bill. The bill is wrong in principle and dangerous in practice and should be scrapped.


Adrian Short, Pirate Party spokesperson, said:

"Andy Burnham's letter to the home secretary today shows just how closely Labour is prepared to work with the Tories to undermine the security and privacy of everyone in Britain.

Defeat the Snoopers' Charter

Tuesday, 15 March, 2016 - 10:45

The Pirate Party is calling on MPs of all parties to work together to defeat the Investigatory Powers Bill, which gets its second reading in the House of Commons today.

The bill would force internet companies to keep customers' browsing records for up to a year and turn them over to authorities without a warrant. It also seeks to legalise the mass hacking of people's phones and computers by government without any individual suspicion.

Adrian Short, Pirate Party spokesperson, said:

Perfume and Paints to be banned across Lambeth!

Tuesday, 28 July, 2015 - 15:45

Under draconian new powers intended to be implemented by Lambeth Council on 17th August, you could be fined up to £1000 for buying or using perfume, paint, incense sticks, or any other 'intoxicating' substance in any public space within Lambeth.

Lambeth Council are seeking to introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in order to crack down on the growing use of nitrous oxide (a legal high) in the borough and the associated litter and anti-social behaviour.

The start of a cycling revolution?

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Finally, after one of the longest, and certainly the largest, public consultations in TfL history - Boris Johnson today announced that the proposed ‘Crossrail for Bikes’ Cycling Superhighways would go ahead as planned. Both the East-West (from Tower Hill to Paddington) and the North-South (from Elephant to Farringdon) routes will be genuinely kerb segregated dedicated cycling infrastructure – a massive improvement for cyclists on the dangerous patches of irregular blue paint which bear the ‘superhighway’ name at present.

This announcement comes just days after the first cycling death in London of the year on the notorious Blackfriars bridge – which just goes to emphasise how urgently and long overdue provision of proper cycling infrastructure in London is. As a city London is ideal for cycling but we need to put the infrastructure in place to allow it – it shouldn’t be a case of cycling being only for lycra clad messenger bikes and those willing to take large perceived risks in order to travel about.

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