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Leaders Update: Sleep, Drink Rum and have fun with it

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I’m sure every other party right now is saying “...and we must charge on and build on these results!” despite almost all of them either losing vote share or seats so let’s go over the facts.

Pirates were one of the few parties to make gains. Our over all vote share went up and the number of votes pulled in increased even more dramatically, more than doubling, widening our exposure from 1130 to 2321 since the last election.

The snap General Election was always known to be an election that favoured the big parties. Labour and the Tories campaign constantly pushed you into a pigeon hole of voting for one or the other.

But we’ve proven that a party that truly understands digital and has the will to be dynamic, to follow the manifesto of it’s membership, we can mobilise quickly. We have seen ten Pirate candidates where many parties either didn’t stand at all or fielded substantially fewer candidates. This allowed us to increase from six to ten over the last election.

Remember to smile

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Today we charge to the polls and with every vote, we send a louder and louder message to Westminster; you will not take our human rights from us, our liberty is not up for grabs, and this culture belongs to us - we will decide how to shape it.

With our crowdsourced policies and a record ten candidates standing all over the country, we are becoming increasingly difficult for the established parties to ignore. This is your chance to show your ideas and your principles are what matters, not top-down policies birthed from a system that was made in simpler times that no longer represents the people.

As the wider public comes to know us, they definitely like what they see. A party that promotes honesty and trust, which is something really missing in politics right now.

Neither Labour or the Conservatives are interested in reforming the voting system. There isn’t any compassion from any party that perpetuates inequality. Both parties have a strong history of broken promises – and a last minute manifesto with new promises to break shouldn’t swing anyone’s vote.

Government and Main Parties Point the Finger at Social Media for Terrorist Attack

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While Manchester still grieves, there are those who have already started using the event to further their own political agenda.

As soon as the election is over, the government will seek to immediately pass new powers allowing the police and MI5 to remove all encryption from services such as WhatsApp and Facebook, despite social media providers' stringent opposition to any action weakening encryption. Further to this, non-partisan professionals such as Open Rights Group (ORG) have also continually raised their opposition to providing a back door to encryption, since it entirely destroys the concept of security.

Despite both campaigners and business professionals warning against it, the government is locked on this dangerous course.

Local Elections Leaders Update

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While we congratulate our Finnish friends of Piraattipuolue on successfully getting not one but two Pirates elected in the municipal elections, one in Helsinki and one in Jyväskylä we remain hopeful that our local communities here will vote for the new, open and trust-restoring politics that Pirates can offer.

In the last election cycle we were heavily focused on the disastrous IP Act and DE Bill that the Conservatives were pushing into law, helped by Labour. We saw Pirates campaign nationally to bring awareness to this injustice and publish information on how to protect ourselves from these invasive and disproportionate new powers.

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.

Leader's Update: #SaferInternetDay 2016

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#SaferInternetDay is a mixed day for Pirates. Of course it's important to stay safe online but often promoting safety online gets muddied with discouraging people to use emerging technologies for fear something bad might happen.


We take risks both online and offline. Should we really treat our online lives any differently? As we all know, there are a variety of ways we can keep ourselves safe online and the Pirate Party has been campaigning hard for over six years to protect our right to essential practices like encryption and anonymity.


Let's all share ways of being safe online and remember the purpose of this; we want to be safe so that we can enjoy our digital environment.


I continue to offer my full support to anyone who would offer us increased protection online without infringing on our freedoms or civil liberties.


Stay safe out there


David A Elston

Pirate Party Deputy Leader

Leader's Update: 2016 - Call to Action

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Hello fellow Pirates!

Happy New Year to you and apologies that you've not heard from the party in a while. As I am sure that you realise with a number of people stepping down from the NEC without people stepping up to replace them, it left a void at the top of the party for the last few months. However, with a New Year comes a New Start - and as a party we appear to have done that classic tech admin thing of 'turn it off and turn it back on again' with a fair degree of success.

As far as members go - we have beaten our previous high and as of 31-Dec had over 760 members - so thanks to each and every one of you for supporting the party and getting involved. One of our plans for the year ahead is to have a much more distributed workload and to utilise volunteers much more - having a distributed support means that we really need to use that to our advantage, so get in touch to see how you can get involved.

One of the ways in which to get involved is to join the NEC, the group which coordinates and plans the work of the party. There are vacancies in a number of roles:

2015 – Looking Forward

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The end of the year is often a time when people like to look back. Well, as usual I prefer to look forward. The new NEC members Will and George have made a good start with that, in a couple of weeks we've got the preparation for the General Election well under way, meeting electoral services to discuss the timetable. to planning campaigns, looking at designs.

One thing I'm worried about for 2015 is that people will miss out on their right to vote. The meetings we have had with people in charge of voter registration have indicated the changes in rules have let some people behind. This is particularly hitting young people and students. You can register online now at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote .

We've already got some candidates declared for the General Election, discussions underway with more- and of course we want to hear from any of you thinking of standing at a local or parliamentary level.

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