Pirate Party UK announces appointments to the NEC, and Board of Governors

Tuesday, 7 July, 2015 - 13:30

Pirate Party UK is proud to announce the results of elections to its National Executive Committee held during June of 2015.

Cris Chesha has been elected as Party Leader to replace Loz Kaye, who formally stepped down after the 2015 UK General Election. Chesha stood in Manchester Gorton during the 2015 General Election and has gained a dedicated base of support in the party for his left-field campaigning style, and his fierce and uncompromising stance on core party issues such as government surveillance, digital liberty and radical democratic reform.

PPUK leaves PPI

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After a good three years of working with PPI to try to resolve some of the issues both we and other members have had with that body, we've run into a bit of a wall. In short, reform of PPI has been slow to the point of non-existent. The problems we identified over the years remain far from solved and in some cases have become worse. This led to the board making it clear that they see PPI as an organisation that is at odds with our own party's principles. The NEC in turn discussed the current situation and the board's statement, and acted in the only appropriate way possible. They have withdrawn PPUK from PPI.


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. 

Why You Should Be a Governor

Andrew Norton's picture

There’s often some confusion about what a Pirate Party Governor is, what they do, and what’s needed to become one. This has led to some reticence on occasion when we have unfilled slots, which means the party doesn’t always work as effectively as it might. To clear that up, and answer some of the many questions that we get asked all the time, we’ve decided to write a little about what a Governor is, and why it's such an important job.

Primary functions:The primary function of the board is to be it's ideological 'center', making sure the party stays true to its main philosophies. While this might seem like a weighty and solemn task, the reality is that at present, it can be done in minutes a week.

Specifically, the Party constitution defines the work of the Board as being threefold:

  • the guiding of constitutional amendments from ideas to member vote,
  • being the final body of arbitration, appeal, and discipline, and
  • other as yet undefined responsibilities.

After Paris - First meeting of the PPI board.

I don't think I'm too far off the mark when I say that the Pirate Party here, and Pirates around the world are looking forward to seeing changes in the PPI. After years of division and problems I think many of us are unsure as to whether that change is even possible. We've been concerned about the direction of the PPI, its role, even its ability to manage itself, I've been worried about the people leading the organisation and those involved in shaping its direction. Well, it may be early days, but it feels like something may have changed.

How people work together is important, taking a look at that was part of the reason I attended today's board meeting. I won't claim it was perfect, or even that there might not be a few problems on the board, but at the same time it seems like PPI board has some solid new members who are keen and able.