David A Elston

NEC Interal Election Voting Period now open!

Friday, 17 November, 2017 - 22:00

Ahoy fellow Pirates, candidates and members alike

The voting period for the 2017 Internal NEC elections is open from 22:00 today and will close in a week on the 24th November at the same time, 22:00.

You have to be logged in and a paid up member in order to vote. Then go to https://www.pirateparty.org.uk/election/full-nec-election-2017 to vote.

Nominations validated for NEC Internal Election

Tuesday, 14 November, 2017 - 21:30

Ahoy fellow Pirates and electioneers!

As of 22:00 Friday the Nominations period had closed and the campaign period opened for the Pirate Party UK internal NEC election. Campaigning can continue up until voting ends, 24th November at 22:00 with voting itself opening 17th November at 22:00.

Nominations Period is now open for NEC internal elections!

Friday, 27 October, 2017 - 14:00

Ahoy fellow Pirates!

As of 22:00 today the Nominations period will commence for elections to the Pirate Party UK NEC. Nominations will close 10th November at 22:00, which will also be the start of the Campaign period.

Standing down but not walking away

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Did anybody catch the last three years? I blinked.

I’ve been a member of the Pirate Party UK since 2014. In that time I’ve stood in seven different elections, held four different positions and…

...as I type this I feel, this isn’t what anyone is interested in. We’ve all contributed to the party substantially and no one need list their contributions. To each of us, we gave something of great importance and at times, we no doubt questioned if we could afford to, but we did so willingly anyway.

I’ll always be tremendously grateful to everyone who found the courage to band together on what some may describe as a journey but at times felt more like a siege to protect our liberties.

Czech Pirate Party win seats in 2017 National Elections

Monday, 23 October, 2017 - 15:45

Czech Pirate Party (Česká pirátská strana) made massive gains recently in their National Government, winning 22 seats making them the third largest party, polling only 0.5% behind Civic Democratic Party, the 2nd largest party but making significantly larger gains.

This 10.8% vote share is an 8.1% increase on their 2013 figures, where they polled 2.7% but didn't qualifty for any representatives.

Pirates win seats under Luxembourg proportional system

Monday, 16 October, 2017 - 19:45

Standing five Pirates in Luxembourg's 2017 communal elections, Pirate Partei gained 33,566 (1.3%) votes under their Proportional Representation system, which entitles them to three representatives.

David A Elston, Pirate Party UK Acting Leader said:

"Congratulations to the Luxembourg Pirates who gained three seats in the communal elections recently.

Internal Election: Board of Governor By-Election Results

Friday, 14 July, 2017 - 10:15

Board of Governors 2017 By-Election Summary

Samuel Mills, Noah Stride and Jeb Hedges are declared elected after counting 20 ballots using ERS97 STV. There were 5 candidates for 3 seats (including RON).

Detailed Results:

There were zero spoilt (aka empty) ballots cast and 20 valid ballots cast across the 5 candidates.

The bar charts below show the vote counts for each candidate in each round.

That'll do Pirate, that'll do

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After a successful Pre-Election Live Blog on donations raised prior to the GE2017 snap election and the GE2017 crowdfunder, we recieved a total of £1474.77. Whew!

In a time where we've endured a Tory Government, facing cuts, cuts and more cuts, that is no small figure.

...but before I ramble on... I'd like to thank George Walkden, Paul Chaplin, Neil Bird, Jon Nielsen, Jason Halsey, Sam Mills and a large number of people wishing to remain anonymous.

Oh and I raised my piggy bank for a little something to donate along the way too.

I was recently told that in other to take part in democracy, we have a "pay to play" system, where the big parties have massive donors or union backers that allow them to fight any fight without worrying about the bill but Pirates, despite the slander that we simply want stuff for free, dig deep when it comes to making sure our voices are heard.

Internal Election: Governor Nominations Closed

Monday, 3 July, 2017 - 19:15

Hello fellow Pirates

We are now well into the campaign period for the internal by-election for the three vacant seats on our Board of Governors.

Polls will open 6th July at 18:30 and close 13th July at 18:30. The voting system used is STV.

The following nominations have been received and are displayed in order received:

Do we need to start encrypting our bins?

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I bloody hope not! That would make taking them out even worse!

Yet Councils across the UK, most recently the Bridgend County Borough Council have "reformed" their recycling process, causing maximum discontent along the way, all the while being criticised for "not being as good as the Vale of Glamorgan", who do not operate such strict recycling, despite until recently both councils falling under Labour control, making Labour responsible for both recycling approaches.

Since films like Hackers (1995) we have been reminded that gathering data can sometimes be as simple as jumping in a dumpster or routing through a bin but now Councils are making it even easier to have a window into your private lives, for anyone in your street to see.

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Current Internal Elections

Full NEC Election 2017 - View
Nominations opened: 27 October, 2017 - 23:00
Nominations close: Friday, 10 November, 2017 - 22:00
Voting opens: Friday, 17 November, 2017 - 22:00
Voting closes: Friday, 24 November, 2017 - 22:00