Neil Blackburn

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Neil Blackburn is standing for the Pirate Party in Manchester Central. But despite having spent much of his working life as a seaman that’s not what drew him to the party.

Thursday, 1 June, 2017 - 18:00

The Human cost of Brexit

 

On Thursday 23rd of June 2016 we had the referendum to decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union. Leave won by 51.9% to 48.1%. The referendum turnout was 71.8% with more than 30 million people voting. Nevertheless,  with approx. 60 million people in the UK, including many from EU countries, who were unable to vote and take part in that decision, even though they have lived here for many years and have family ties or even businesses here, I feel that there is a hidden cost to Brexit which  is being ignored.

 

Mass Surveillance has failed us yet again

 

 

 

Today in Manchester life seems to be going on as normal - well, as normal as it can be with armed officers and army personnel seen in places such as the Arndale Centre and at public transport hubs. This is a result of the despicable acts committed by the Manchester bomber. 

 

Nevertheless, we have these heavily armed officers on the streets not just because there are people who want to destroy our way of life, but also because our police service is stretched very thin by cuts to policing numbers, and by the sheer enormity of trying to trawl through masses of data collected from all corners of the UK and overseas. 

 

 

The Defiant Little Girl

 

The Manchester Arena attack on Monday was a shock to all of us. Never do we think these things can happen to us, yet time and time again we see that they do.

 

I was at home with my wife and son when those dreadful events of Monday evening took place: my son sleeping soundly in his bed, and my wife and I just pottering about the house, when we started to see news of the attack on social media and hear from friends in the area as word of the atrocities began to spread. 

 

Statement Regarding Manchester Terrorist Attack

Tuesday, 23 May, 2017 - 16:30

Pirate Party UK statement about the terrorist attack late last night in Manchester.

Police have confirmed 22 deaths and dozens more injured after the terrorist attack which took place in the centre of Manchester.

The latest and full information from Policing Events in Manchester can be found here.

Neil Blackburn, Pirate Party UK Manchester Candidate said:

Homelessness rampant in Manchester; does the solution rest with a pirate?

Neil Blackburn, the Pirate Party parliamentary candidate for Manchester Central, has made it clear that he considers the level of homelessness in Manchester to be a central issue in the campaign.

As a stay at home dad, which he describes as the best job anyone could have, Neil has spent a lot of time out and about with his son. He has seen the city at its best, and at its worst: drunken violence, drug abuse and addiction, homelessness, and lately the zombie plague that spice has brought. These issues are obvious to anyone who is truly part of Manchester and views the city as a whole.

"The challenge of homelessness is one we must tackle at the local and national level," says Neil, "and a combination of policies and approaches are needed.

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