General Election

FAQ's - Where do You stand on Media Ownership?

We are very fortunate in Sheffield to have an excellent array of local independent online journalists, as well as community radio and TV now. We need to encourage and support these and others to ensure that we have a locally focused free press in the future.

Media barons like Rupert Murdoch have far too much power in our democracy and we need regulation. However, I would like to emphasize that while regulation of media companies when they get to a certain size is important, it is not right for us to enter into a censorship campaign that would choke the press and stifle the free flowing exchange of information.

Manchester Campaigning

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Here's an update on Manchester Central campaigning plans. Let us know on [email protected] if you are able to attend.

We'll be leafleting and doing the final push for the election :)

Thursday 30th April  - Beswick and Openshaw

Meet both sessions Asda Sportcity, Ashton New Road, Manchester M11 4BD

3pm - 5pm

6pm- 8pm

Friday 1st May - Ardwick

Meet both sessions Whitworth Art Gallery Oxford Road, Manchester, Lancashire M15 6ER, United Kingdom

3pm- 5pm

6pm - 8pm

Saturday 2nd May - Ancoats

Monday 4th May - City Centre

Meet both sessions 30 Canal Street, Manchester M1 3EZ

11am- 1pm

2pm - 5pm

Tuesday 5th May - Ardwick Student Halls

Meet  Whitworth Art Gallery Oxford Road, Manchester, Lancashire M15 6ER, United Kingdom

First Pirate Party candidate for Sheffield

A former soldier is to be the first candidate from the Pirate Party to stand for election in Sheffield.

Dad-of-four Andy Halsall, of Upperthorpe, is standing as the party’s candidate for Sheffield Central in the general election in May.

The party – which focuses on bringing about reform to patent and copyright laws,reducing surveillance and ensuring freedom of speech – has been going for five years. 

Tuesday, 17 March, 2015 - 09:15

People make politics: The Pirate Party on why it's crowdsourcing its manifesto

By Dave Neal

THE PIRATE PARTY UK is steadily increasing its position in the political spectrum, aided perhaps by the actions and behaviour of the big three parties.

Taking this further is the organisation's keen eye and large ear for the views of the electorate. In the run up to the General Election, The Pirate Party is again asking the population to steer its policies.

This could put the party at an advantage in this Post-Snowden, more informed world, and cause upset at the polls.

We spoke to the party's latest prospect, Sheffield Central candidate Andy Halsall, about the crowdsourcery and its impact on the party and its politics. (Read more on


Friday, 13 March, 2015 - 13:00

Pirate Party UK will contest Green target seat, Sheffield Central

Thursday, 12 March, 2015 - 12:30

The Pirate Party has announced it will be standing at least one candidate in Sheffield for the General Election in May.  Andy Halsall was selected by local members on the 5th of March 2015.

This will be the first time in the Party's five and a half years of campaigning in the UK that it will be standing candidates in Sheffield. Previously the party has contested Parliamentary seats in various parts of the UK, including London, Manchester, Derby and Leicester, as well as the European Election in 2014 and Scottish Parliamentary Elections.

Think Different, standing up for Sheffield.

It's General Election time and I'm looking forward to representing the Party and our ideas in Sheffield as the Party's PPC in Sheffield Central.

Five years ago when I helped Tim Dobson with his campaign in Manchester Gorton, I wasn't entirely sure he wasn't mad putting himself on the line for the Pirate Party. But I helped out and we learned a lot. I realised he was doing absolutely the right thing, providing a solution to the problems he wanted to solve.

Pirate Party asks residents to crowd-source policies with candidate standing in Vauxhall ward for the General Election

The Pirate Party is taking open democracy to another level by asking residents to help crowd-source policies that will make up the party manifesto for the 2015 General Election. Mark Chapman is standing for the Pirates in the Vauxhall ward.

Chapman told Brixton Buzz:

“We are proud to be the only Party that crowd-sources its manifesto – letting anyone suggest ideas and comment on suggestions that others have made. It brings in an element of grass-roots democracy that is lacking elsewhere and enables everyone to take part.”

The Pirate Party is a relatively new organisation in British politics. Despite the rather silly name, the core beliefs of the party are civil rights, direct democracy and participation in government.

Thursday, 5 March, 2015 - 09:15

The Pirate Partys' crowd sourced manifesto 2015

The Pirate Partys' crowd sourced manifesto 2015

We would like to Thank @PiratePartyUK For taking up our offer of 
Would you like free advertising for your political party or #GE2015 Campaign? 

The above link has the details of how to advertise your party or campaign If you would like us to do this for you then mail us at [email protected] .

You are only NOT accepted if...1) Your party did appear on the list of parties getting millions pounds of donations last year2) You hate/dislike other people for where they happen to come from or how they happen to be.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Source >>> Pirate Party Policy Process 2015 

We've been proud to run on British politics' first crowd sourced manifesto. And of course it's time to update and upgrade.  This process will run until the 21st of March online and offline and will allow the party to make sure our positions are up to date, and up to scratch for the General Election. To get it right, we need your help:You can tell us about your ideas, and discuss it publicly on or join the discussion on reddit


Wednesday, 4 March, 2015 - 09:45