Deputy Leader

Pirates Hoist the colours high in Birmingham

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Birmingham spent £188.8 million to promote open access to knowledge with the Library of Birmingham so the city was a fitting setting for those trying to retain and regain these rights that we are quickly losing. Sadly our libraries are now closing and copyright is gaining a tighter strangle-hold on our culture but Pirates know it doesn’t have to be like that.

Fair Winds to #Piratenpartij #TK2017

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Tomorrow The Netherlands will decide if they are ready to embrace the radical reforms Pirates can offer while us in the UK wish we had a system that could give us the same proportional opportunity.

My humble advice to the Dutch is simple. If we in the UK had a proportional system such as yours, we would not waste this opportunity voting for the same old thing, we wouldn’t vote for the familiar face or weigh up who has the best propaganda. For us it would be simple. There is one clear decision if you value free speech above all else, if you want everyone to have the same, equal and open access to knowledge and if you want a government that respects your right to privacy, then you’ll come to the same conclusion that so many around the world are coming to… it is time to #VotePirate.

Leader's Update: Weigh Anchor! We've got work to do!

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Hello fellow Pirates

Our party is about political engagement and so regardless of how you voted I want to thank all of you for taking part in our internal elections, whether you voted, verified ballots or ran the whole thing.

You really have honoured me with 70% of ballots cast voting Dave for Deputy Leader and I will continue to be a spokesperson for the party in a direction we all can be proud of.

I am however mindful that at least 30% didn’t vote for me and at worst, voted “against” me. Perhaps in a general election this is some what less important as I would already have a clear mandate and wouldn’t have to worry about anything for five years. Alternatively if we were to take a lesson from Labour, we’d be fighting a civil war and having annual leadership elections...

That’s not how the Pirate Party UK does politics.

New Beginnings

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Hello fellow Pirates

I hope you all had Merry Christmas and a happy new year - thankfully it seems this Pirate didn't it on to Santa's naughty list this time around and I wasn't left with just coal.

Deputy Leader Nomination

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Hello once more fellow Pirates

I am again nominating myself for the Deputy Leader position. I already have my seconding and I am lucky enough this time around to have several people who are happy to second me. My official seconder is our former Leader, Cris Chesha.

Since joining the party in May 2014 I have learnt a lot. As a party we burn through people far too quickly and we need to get better at delegation and sharing the load otherwise things grind to a halt. If that happens, getting the party moving again can be tricky to say the least.

There are a lot of positives to draw from, the Board of Governors is full. We have Deputies at the ready for the NEC . Membership for 2015 is at a record high and climbing. Volunteers are coming forward to fulfil support roles.

Press Hit: On the Fringe: David Elston, Pirate Party UK

On The Fringe spoke to the deputy leader David Elston as they delve into what the Pirates stand for, why authenticity is a new force in campaigning, and what effect Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership is having on smaller parties.

Thursday, 10 December, 2015 - 15:15

Party Backs #VotesAt16

Tuesday, 8 December, 2015 - 22:15

Pirate Party backs #VotesAt16 in the EU referendum and future elections


Today, the House of Commons blocked a Lords amendment to lower the voting age  to 16 for the forthcoming EU referendum. The Pirate Party regrets that  decision and backs the growing campaign to lower the voting age to 16  for the EU referendum and all future elections.

#WeArrSix and we thank you!

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Our 2015 post-GE crowdfunder to refill the coffers is complete, and boy did we have a lot of support. You've collectively donated £1,436, showing that pirates never pay for anything is a myth worth smashing.

I really want to thank everyone who donated... in fact, I think I will.

Thank you Neil Bird, Cris Chesha, Simon Baldwin, Norman Witte III, Patrick Robertson, Andy Birchwood, Tom Collins, Chris Foote, Mick Sulley, Rebecca Ainsworth, Daniel Cale, Daniel Gilson, Paul Shaplin, Michael Johnsson, Philip Haworth, Thomas Horne, Trevor Johnson, Jack Allnutt, George Walkden, Liam Soutar, Adrian Farrell and a few others wishing to remain anonymous.

Oh and I dropped a few quid into the bucket too.

This money is more than just some cold hard cash thrown in our direction - it's what allows us to keep being a positive political force... and after the election results, positive politics seems needed now more than ever.

We'll need every penny we can get to push for a free culture. The Tories are back in Government and we have a hell of a war on our hands to protect our Internet and our right to privacy and expression.

Sephy Hallow: Why I am a Pirate

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My name is Sephy Hallow, and as of December 2013, I became the first ever Deputy Leader of PPUK. As a 25-year-old graduate with a degree in Literature from York, I'm one of the youngest people to be in a position of political leadership in the country, and at times, I ask myself why I've been afforded this opportunity. What makes my voice any different from the sound bites of our mainstream politicians? What do I have to say that is any more valid, any better? And why do I deserve to be given a podium to speak from?

Impostor syndrome is the feeling that you don't belong; that somehow, your merits or achievements, no matter how great, were earned despite a lack of competencies. I was not uncontested for the role as Deputy Leader, and the forums attest to how hard I fought to win the title – and yet part of me wonders how much I deserve to be here.

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