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Conference 2013: 5 days to go!

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Its been a busy few months, but it isn't over yet!

If you can make it to Manchester for the party conference – come.

We don't get together often enough as it is and this will be the last chance of a proper national get-together before the European Elections next year.  

You will have seen some details on who we will have speaking on social media over the last few weeks, and no doubt you will have read our programme but we now have the rest of the week for you to give us some topical questions for our panellists.

Opinion: Why we need to get together

Two and a bit years ago, I sat in a Chinese restaurant in Glasgow with the Pirate party's then campaigns officer Peter Brett, enjoying a meal, and discussing the potential of the Pirate party. I was quite liberal in expressing my thoughts on what needed to be done and how long it might take, to move the party on from its somewhat disastrous general election results.

If I'd known then that two years later, I would still be working on those very same issues, making steady if slow progress, I'm not sure I would have been able to commit myself to it.  It seems naive now to think that I thought that the biggest challenges we would face would be in elections, in getting our message across, and maybe explaining our party name.

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Conference 2013

Our Annual Conference will take place on the 12th and 13th of October 2013 in Manchester! 

Book your place at: conference.pirateparty.org.uk

This is one of the most important dates in Pirate Politics in the UK. Conference attendees will have the chance to take part in debates, hear about what has been happening within the party and help shape our agenda and approach for the coming year. This year we have spaces for 150 delegates on both days of the conference.

This year conference will be split between an internal conference on the Saturday and a public conference on Sunday.  The internal conference  cover the state of the party, policy, finish the selection of our candidates for the European Election and more. During the external conference we will run a series of panel debates, talks and discussions with internal and external speakers.

Glasgow, the Pirate Party Conference and the IRL Conversation

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Originally published on Loz Kaye's blog.

One of the first things that attracted me to the Pirate Party was its willingness to do things differently and challenge the status quo- whether it is questioning the scared cow of copyright, or sticking our necks out to support Wikileaks. In that spirit our conference is not in the traditional autumn round, but is coming up in February. Given that I have been focussed on the by-election campaign it seems to have sneaked up somewhat, but now it is just around the corner. I look forward to seeing activists there- sharing our experiences, hopes, arguing and making up again over a pint. All as it should be at a party conference. I urge you to book and join in.

News Round-Up 17/12/10

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Pirate Parties Mirror Wikileaks to Support Whistleblowing Worldwide (05/12/10)

Pirate Parties from around the world, including the Pirate Party UK, have reaffirmed their commitment to whistleblowing worldwide. Concerned about freedom of information, opinion and press, the Pirate Parties have decided in a joint resolution to make Wikileaks available on a worldwide mirroring infrastructure. The mirrors will guarantee that the release of US diplomatic cables can continue and previous publications will stay online.

Full Release here: http://www.pirateparty.org.uk/press/releases/2010/dec/5/pirate-parties-mirror-wikileaks-support-whistleblo/

Plans for the Party Unconference

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 Thanks to the hard work of Rob Howson, we are in a position to share some plans for the party’s unconference.  It is an unconference, not a conference, because we are that kind of party – unconventional, undaunted, and, erm... un-ique.  Now all we need is some feedback to say if the plans are on the right lines.

 

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