Andy Halsall

Think Different, standing up for Sheffield.

It's General Election time and I'm looking forward to representing the Party and our ideas in Sheffield as the Party's PPC in Sheffield Central.

Five years ago when I helped Tim Dobson with his campaign in Manchester Gorton, I wasn't entirely sure he wasn't mad putting himself on the line for the Pirate Party. But I helped out and we learned a lot. I realised he was doing absolutely the right thing, providing a solution to the problems he wanted to solve.

Snoopers' Charter won't be part of the Counter Terrorism bill

Monday, 26 January, 2015 - 20:15

The attempt to insert the bulk of the Communications Data Bill (CDB) into the Counter Terrorism and Security Bill (CTSB) by a quartet of Lords has been dropped. The proposed amendments to the CTSB were withdrawn after debate.

The cross-party group of four Lords included former Conservative defence secretary Lord King, Liberal Democrat former reviewer of counter-terror laws, Lord Carlile, the former Labour defence minister, Lord West, and former Metropolitan police commissioner, Lord Blair.

The Pirate Party's Andy Halsall said:

A Huge Thank You to Andy Halsall

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Now that the Party has a new campaigns officer (welcome Will!), Andy Halsall is no longer a member of the NEC. As he said in his resignation letter, he'll now be focusing mainly on the party in Sheffield, and hopefully standing as a candidate in his local area.

On behalf of the Board, it is my pleasure to publish our thanks to Andy for all the hard work he's put in over the years

The Board would like to say a massive thank you to Andy for his services to the Party in the role of Campaigns Manager over the last three years.

He has consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty, performing many tasks that were outside his campaigns brief including, but not limited to, the migration to our new web platform, international coordination, managing the policy crowdsourcing effort, and helping to make sure his colleagues on the NEC survived a legal challenge from the recording industry. 

I'm looking for a promotion...

Hello all,

Way back when, in 2011 I said I wanted to help get the party working, especially with regard to elections, fix some of the issues we'd identified coming out of the 2010 General election, work on policy and do a few other bits and pieces before hopefully standing as a candidate. Well, I think that time has come. So, I've tendered my resignation as campaigns officer and will now be doing more with the Party in Sheffield. 

To be clear, I will remain in post until the election is run and will be able to offer both a handover and ongoing support where it is needed. 

That will mean I'll have less time for the national, I won't be spending anything like as much time in Manchester, but I will  follow my own advice and start on the local. As well as putting the time I need to into my family and work, my energy and time will be focused on Sheffield.

What I'd really like to do what I wanted to do some time ago. Stand as a candidate, if the party in Sheffield will have me.

I'm actually really pleased that I can do this, the party is on a solid footing.

The office in Manchester underscores that. what we have achieved in terms of elections in the last two years makes it clear that we have changed significantly, we've stepped up. We aren't fighting fires, we are starting to light them.

Obviously the timing here is important, I obviously considered staying on until the next NEC elections, but I think I can do more in the General Election at the sharp end than I can do in support. I also happen to know that there are a few people who are interested in taking over the running of campaigns now that the additional tasking has been split out to other people.  That means now is the ideal time to make this change, it gives me and any future campaigns officer enough time to get themselves in post and ready for the General Election. 

Luxembourg goes to the polls

Monday, 21 October, 2013 - 00:45

Voters in Luxembourg took part in early national elections today after fallout from spying revelations resulted in the collapse of the Luxembourg government. The election marks the first national outing of the Pirate Party of Luxembourg. Running under the motto of “Reboot Luxembourg” the party advocated a basic income, transparency of the state, political participation, as well as freedom and responsibility.

Open Letter to PM - Cameron's Internet Crusade

Wednesday, 24 July, 2013 - 15:00

Loz Kaye, the leader of Pirate Party UK, has written to David Cameron on behalf of the party asking him to reconsider requiring UK ISPs to enable filters on by default on UK internet connections. In the open letter, issued on Tuesday the 23rd July, the party points out that this move is a reversal of previous policy that was articulated as a result of a public consultation.

Public Service Europe: Web Filtering

Problems with the internet including child protection are not being dealt with – government, ISPs, search engines and parents are passing the buck between each other rather than taking action.


In the United Kingdom, both the coalition government and the opposition have called for the increased use of web filtering to deal with a whole range of problems that they see as emanating from the internet. A summit was held at 10 Downing Street to discuss issues of child protection and the web. The meeting, chaired by Culture Secretary Maria Miller, was attended by all of Britain's major internet service providers as well as the worlds larger tech companies including Yahoo, Google, Microsoft, Twitter and Facebook.

Wednesday, 19 June, 2013 - 23:00

Blaming 'the Internet' won't solve complex social problems

Tuesday, 18 June, 2013 - 14:00

Following considerable press attention on high profile cases both the Conservative and Labour parties have been calling for increased use of web filtering. A "web summit" was held at No 10 to discuss issues of child protection and the Internet. Tuesday's meeting in Downing Street, chaired by Culture Secretary Maria Miller, was attended by Yahoo!, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Facebook, BT, Sky, Virgin Media, TalkTalk, Vodafone, O2, EE and Three.

Andy Halsall, Pirate Party Campaigns Officer said:

EU Referendum: Finding a way forward

Thursday, 16 May, 2013 - 12:45

Following days of turmoil in the Tory party on European issues, Conservative MP James Wharton has topped the private members bill ballot. He has confirmed that this will be used to introduce legislation for an EU referendum by 2017. Now this is firmly in the parliamentary timetable no party can ignore the increasing calls for the public to have a say on our future in Europe.

Pirate Party UK spokesperson Andy Halsall said:

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