European Elections 2014

A Vision For Europe - Loz Kaye Joins Swedish Pirate Party EU campaign launch

Saturday, 5 April, 2014 - 09:00

The Pirate Party's Loz Kaye will be speaking at the launch of the Swedish Pirate Party's (piratpartiet) campaign for the May 2014 European Parliamentary Elections.  Speaking in Stockholm at 11:30 CET, he will be joined by Swedish party leader Anna Troberg and MEPs Christian Engström and Amelia Andersdotter.

PiratPartiet was founded in 2006 and its early successes and political aims inspired the rise of Pirate Parties with similar goals in Europe and around the world, as well as the formation of an international Pirate movement.

Prospective EU Candidate: Jack Allnutt

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Hi, I'm Jack and I would like you to select me to be one of the Party's candidates in the European Parliamentary Elections in May.   

I've been a Pirate for a long time. I joined the Party shortly after it was formed and after reading about the success of the Swedish party, I believed in the ideas that the party stood for.  I could see that there was a need for a Pirate Party in the UK and, as a computer programmer and self-confessed geek, the ideas of re-balancing copyright, the protection of privacy and restoration of civil liberties and promotion of free/open source software in the public sector struck a chord.

Since then I have been involved in activism on the ground, organising regional meet-ups and working with our candidates during the general election, and local and parliamentary elections in Greater Manchester.  I have been a part of every election Pirates have been involved in here in Manchester. I have delivered thousands of leaflets, made the case for our candidates to people all over Manchester. I've done this because it is the right thing to do, because our Party and our candidates are needed. I'm willing to work for that.

Prospective EU Candidate: George Walkden

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I'm a lecturer and researcher in linguistics at the University of Manchester, where I've been working since receiving my PhD in 2012. Before that I studied French and German, and lived and worked briefly in Germany in the (justifiably) much-reviled pharmaceutical industry. My main policy interests are, unsurprisingly, in issues surrounding access to knowledge: the costs of higher education, the dangers of digital exclusion, language policy, and open access to academic research.


 I've been active in promoting the latter for some time now, and founded a no-fees open access e-journal in 2011. I look forward to the opportunity to stand as a candidate, and will bring my administrative, public speaking, language and research skills to the team.As regards Europe, though I am pro-referendum as a consequence of my belief in direct democracy, I think the evidence indicates that membership of the EU is beneficial to its citizens. Nevertheless, I am deeply sceptical about the level of transparency and democracy in EU institutions: for instance, the ongoing central role of the unelected European Commission is not acceptable in a 21st-century EU. 

Prospective EU Candidate: Maria Aretoulaki

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I'm Maria Aretoulaki and I'd like your backing as a Euro candidate for the North West region.

I first came to Manchester back in 1991 as a postgraduate student of Computational Linguistics from Greece and an ex-Teacher of English as a Foreign Language. After a 9-year break working in Germany at Universities, Research Institutes and start-ups, I came back in 2005 to work for a big IT company near Manchester airport. 

Since 2008, I've been running successfully my own IT Consultancy, DialogCONNECTION Ltd., based in the Manchester City Centre and serving clients all over the world (US, Asia, and Europe, including the European Commission in the past 6 months). So, having lived and worked here for a total of 14 years, Manchester is my chosen home!

In that time, apart from being active in the professional world of the IT Business, I have channelled my love for electronic music by supporting the associated music scene of the North West and becoming a DJ, podcaster, and promoter myself, playing and organising gigs all over England, broadcasting online radio shows and supporting young producers in making a name for themselves. 

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