Press Release

The world holds its breath as America votes - time for a new politics?

Tuesday, 8 November, 2016 - 22:45

As America goes to the polls to elect the 45th version of "the most powerful person in the world" the rest of the world holds it's breath to see the consequence of America's actions. Perhaps unusually for recent US elections, this particular battle has been defined by the vast amount of negative campaigning and scandal relating to both candidates. Whilst Obama may not be short of his own critics, his successor will have a long way to go to maintain the relatively positive image of America he leaves it with.

Pirate Party Spokesperson Mark Chapman said:

Pirates needed to oppose Snoopers Charter

Tuesday, 1 November, 2016 - 23:00

The two largest parties in our government are clearly content with Theresa May's vision of a country that watches everyone. Meanwhile, the Lib Dems and Greens are proving to be ineffective at making a convincing case to stop or considerably restrict what the Investigatory Powers Bill can do.

We in the Pirate Party have been warning of the erosion of our civil liberties in this bill and ones just like it for years. It is why a Pirate voice is needed more than ever at all levels of government.

Pirate Party storms the Icelandic elections!

Sunday, 30 October, 2016 - 08:30

Following the Icelandic elections on Saturday the Pirate Party are confirmed as having come 3rd in the popular vote and look to have won 9 seats in the Althingi (Icelandic Parliament), an astonishing gain of 6 on their previous result.

This is by far the best result for a Pirate Party to a National legislature since the foundation of the movement nearly 10 years ago and shows that there is a political void to be filled with a technologically savvy party willing to embrace the future rather than fear it.

Mark Chapman, Pirate Party Spokesperson, said:

Pirate Party UK wishes fair winds to Pirate Party Iceland!

Wednesday, 26 October, 2016 - 14:15

As Iceland heads to the polls on Saturday, they have the chance to make history and put Pirates into National Government for the first time ever.

Campaigning on traditional Pirate themes, including transparency in Government with the call for a new constitution, citizenship for Edward Snowden, and wide reaching reform of copyright, the success of the Icelandic Pirates, as well as the interest generated globally have shown there is a void to be filled with a new, current political party that embraces the future rather than fears it.

Defeat the Snoopers' Charter

Tuesday, 15 March, 2016 - 10:45

The Pirate Party is calling on MPs of all parties to work together to defeat the Investigatory Powers Bill, which gets its second reading in the House of Commons today.

The bill would force internet companies to keep customers' browsing records for up to a year and turn them over to authorities without a warrant. It also seeks to legalise the mass hacking of people's phones and computers by government without any individual suspicion.

Adrian Short, Pirate Party spokesperson, said:

Geo-Blocking Exceptions

Monday, 15 February, 2016 - 22:00

The Pirate Party UK welcomed the EU Commission's proposal to allow people to access media abroad that they pay for at home.

If passed, the law could allow people to access TV, films, sports broadcasts, music, e-books, games and other media that they have rented at home. This benefit may extend to service providers such as Google Play, iTunes, Spotify, Sky Go, BT Sport, Amazon e-books, BBC and others.

Pirate Party Spokesperson George Walkden said:

Pirate Party: Give Julian Assange safe passage to Ecuador

Thursday, 4 February, 2016 - 12:30

The Pirate Party welcomes reports that the United Nations panel on arbitrary detention has ruled that the UK's treatment of Julian Assange is unlawful. The UK should now grant him safe passage to Ecuador.

David Elston, Pirate Party deputy leader said:

Pirate Party backs Fair Tax Town campaign against corporate tax avoidance

Tuesday, 26 January, 2016 (All day)

The Pirate Party is backing the Fair Tax Town campaign, the latest group showing their discontent for our over-complicated and unfair tax system.

Fair Tax Town highlights this unfairness by helping small local businesses to exploit the loopholes used by global corporations. Their message to HMRC is simple: Shut down these loopholes or we'll all use them. One such loophole is an "intellectual property" loophole, an area Pirates are very familiar with.

David Elston, Pirate Party deputy leader and spokesperson for Wales said:

Pirate party to fight Higher Blackley by-election

Monday, 25 January, 2016 - 16:00

The Pirate party is letting loose the sails, storming back into the fight for protecting our civil liberties, free speech and campaigning for more openness at all levels of government by standing a candidate in the Higher Blackley by-election on 18 February.
George Walkden, election candidate, said: