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Pirate Party Disappointed with AV Referendum Results

Friday, 6 May, 2011 - 20:00

The Pirate Party UK is disappointed with the result of the referendum on the adoption of the Alternative Vote.

Loz Kaye, Party Leader, spoke of his personal dissatisfaction with the result.

"This result sets the Electoral Reform Movement back significantly. AV was to be a step towards a better system, but now we will be stuck with the awful system that is FPTP."

The future of electoral reform in the UK

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On behalf of the Pirate Party, I would like to thank the voters that turned out to cast their ballots in the national referendum on whether to change the electoral system to the Alternative Vote. The outcome is not what The UK Pirate Party or I had hoped for, even if it is what we had come to expect over recent weeks.

Our failure, both as a party and as individual campaigners, was to not properly inform voters of the choice in front of them, or indeed why it mattered at all. The same criticism applies equally to the No campaign.  On 5th May I was still explaining to people on the doorstep that they were going to be asked to vote in a referendum in addition to casting their council ballots. It is a sad day when, after months of campaigning on an issue as vital as electoral reform, voters were still unprepared to answer a simple yes/no question at the ballot box.  

News Round-Up 03/12/10

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Pirates Overwhelmingly Endorse AV

Pirates across the country have overwhelmingly voted in favour of supporting AV, with over 90% of those voting expressing the desire to see us fight for reform this May. As a result, Pirate Party UK will now actively campaign for AV, and encourage its members to get involved in the fight for change, primarily through the Yes In May campaign.

Members can see the full results of the vote here: https://www.pirateparty.org.uk/vote/8/

Pirates Overwhelmingly Endorse AV

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This week, members of Pirate Party UK have been voting on whether the party should officially endorse a 'Yes' vote in the May Referendum on changing the electoral system to AV.

Pirates across the country have overwhelmingly voted in favour of supporting AV, with over 90% of those voting expressing the desire to see us fight for reform this May. As a result, Pirate Party UK will now actively campaign for AV, and encourage its members to get involved in the fight for change, primarily through the Yes In May campaign.

Whilst some members may feel AV does not go far enough, we understand that the referendum on the Alternative Vote is a vital opportunity to move to a fairer system that helps to make politicians more accountable to the public. In this way, electoral reform fits in well with our policies on government transparency and accountability, including giving constituents a full right of recall when they have lost confidence in their MP.

News Round-up

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Two weeks ago we announced how you could get involved in the preparations for May. These processes are still ongoing, and your input is still valued.

Party Vote on AV

From Monday, we intend to open to the members a vote on endorsing AV in the upcoming referendum on changing the voting system in the UK. The vote will run for about a week, with results published shortly thereafter. You will be informed when voting has opened.

For more information about the electoral systems, and the referendum, and to debate the issue, see the thread 'PPUK and the AV Referendum' - http://www.pirateparty.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=2755

The Countdown To May 2011 Begins

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Today marks exactly 6 months until the devolved and local elections, and the referendum on AV. Between now and then, we as a party must do a lot of work to prepare. Work has already been going on behind the scenes with the Executive Committee and Board of Governors handling the administration and formalities of running the party, but as a democratic party we need your input on several matters.

Updating the Manifesto

Last month we opened up discussions on our current manifesto as the starting point to updating our policies and producing our 2011 Manifesto, which we plan to launch at our Party Conference on 26thFebruary.

Things that should be discussed include considering things that need updating due to events in 2010, such as our policy on ID Cards, or the introduction of the Digital Economy Act. You should also think about what needs to be made clearer, or more detailed.

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