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Boundary Review - Pirate Party Respond (ENG - LDN, SE & SW)

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As you may be aware there are currently plans for a new set of Parliamentary Constituencies to be put in place in time for the next General Election in 2020, and the Boundary Commission (the independent organisation responsible) have recently been taking responses on their initial plans. As part of our commitment to open and transparent democracy we believe in responding to consultations such as this where we can do.

An Independent UK - What that means for wales

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Wales has a very difficult time ahead. Naturally all EU funding possibilities for St Athan I have since abandoned or put on hold until new funding opportunities present themselves. Wales used to get more money out of the EU than it put in, even when you completely discount trade, as Wales is counted as either the first or second poorest area in the UK, depending on which measure is used, sometimes second to Cornwall.

The Welsh Government will have to negotiate hard over the formula with central government to ensure Wales continues to make this net gain in terms of payment; replacing the EU with England.

Many of our civil liberties and rights were inherited from the EU and we'll need strong Unions and people ready to fight to protect these when Parliament divorces from the EU. There is no guarantee these will be retained, even the EU laws which are enshrined in our own laws will be subject to review.

 

Perfume and Paints to be banned across Lambeth!

Tuesday, 28 July, 2015 - 15:45

Under draconian new powers intended to be implemented by Lambeth Council on 17th August, you could be fined up to £1000 for buying or using perfume, paint, incense sticks, or any other 'intoxicating' substance in any public space within Lambeth.

Lambeth Council are seeking to introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in order to crack down on the growing use of nitrous oxide (a legal high) in the borough and the associated litter and anti-social behaviour.

The start of a cycling revolution?

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Finally, after one of the longest, and certainly the largest, public consultations in TfL history - Boris Johnson today announced that the proposed ‘Crossrail for Bikes’ Cycling Superhighways would go ahead as planned. Both the East-West (from Tower Hill to Paddington) and the North-South (from Elephant to Farringdon) routes will be genuinely kerb segregated dedicated cycling infrastructure – a massive improvement for cyclists on the dangerous patches of irregular blue paint which bear the ‘superhighway’ name at present.

This announcement comes just days after the first cycling death in London of the year on the notorious Blackfriars bridge – which just goes to emphasise how urgently and long overdue provision of proper cycling infrastructure in London is. As a city London is ideal for cycling but we need to put the infrastructure in place to allow it – it shouldn’t be a case of cycling being only for lycra clad messenger bikes and those willing to take large perceived risks in order to travel about.

Pirate Party London - Gearing up for 2015 and beyond...

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Having taken a bit of a breather following the elections in May, Pirate Party London is now gearing up for the General Election in May 2015 and looking further forward towards the Mayoral and Assembly Elections in 2016. However, we can't do this alone and if you are London based then we need your help.

There are 73 parliamentary constituencies in the London region - from Barking to Bromley, from Sutton to Southwark. Ideally of course, we would be able to run general election candidates in every one - but that means finding 73 people who are willing and able to put their names forward. As a party we have a very spread out membership - so if you want to be able to Vote Pirate at the next election, the best way of ensuring that there is a Pirate on the ballot paper is to stand yourself!

Mark Chapman - It's time to get the message out.

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Last week 129 people put their X next to the Pirate Party logo (and my name) on the ballot paper in Lambeth's local elections. That's 129 people that wouldn't have otherwise had the opportunity to Vote Pirate.

More than that 129 though, are the thousands of people in the area who now know about the party, even if only a little. Thousands of people who are more aware of some of the things that we are passionate about and are campaigning for. People more aware of the need for transparent and open government at all levels, with open access to government data. More aware of the democratic deficit where turnout is low and there is no effective opposition. More aware of the need for digital rights and individual privacy requirements.

In order to change minds, and so change society, we need to spread the Pirate message, and one of the best ways of doing that is through the democratic process. That's why we need many more people to stand as candidates at all levels of government.

By standing, not only do we give people the opportunity to vote for us - to say 'Yes, I believe in what you are saying, I believe that it is important and I agree with you' - but almost more importantly it gives us the opportunity to talk to them about the things that we think matter. To give us the microphone of publicity to speak to people.

Initial Election Result - Mark Chapman in Vassall Ward, Lambeth Council

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The following are the results of the May 2014 local council elections for Vassall Ward, Lambeth Council where Mark Chapman was standing for Pirate Party UK for the first time.

 

Candidates: Votes %
Abbot, Conservative 463 5.01%
Avebury, Lib Dem 445 4.82%
Barr, Conservative 451 4.88%
Chapman, Pirate 129 1.40%
Cole, Green 598 6.47%
Dyer, Labour 1,751 18.95%
Everett, Green 451 4.88%
Gadsby, Labour 1,723 18.65%
Gallop, Labour 1,671 18.09%
Gethney, Conservative 382 4.14%
Montague, TUSC 113 1.22%
Thomas, Lib Dem 388 4.20%
Walton, Green 419 4.54%
Wyard, Lib Dem 254 2.75%
Total: 9,238 100.00%

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