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"Terrorist house" boy: Pirate Party calls to scrap Prevent law

Wednesday, 20 January, 2016 - 13:00

The Pirate Party is gravely concerned that a 10-year-old Muslim boy at a primary school in Lancashire was investigated by police on suspicion of terrorism for making a simple spelling error in an essay, and calls for a change in the law.

Mark Chapman, Pirate Party justice spokesperson, said:

Tories take the “Free” out of Freedom of Information

Thursday, 17 September, 2015 - 14:30

The Conservative government are running a consultation on Freedom of Information laws. David Cameron wants to introduce fees - some reaching as high as £600 - for those exercising their rights to see what their elected representatives are doing on their behalf.

TTIP antithetical to Pirate Party values

Sunday, 23 August, 2015 - 12:15

Due to the continued secrecy around the Trans-Atlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP) many around the UK do not yet understand how dangerous such a deal is and the ways in which it would impact them.

A day of action took place yesterday and representatives of the Pirate Party attended the 38 Degrees Anti-TTIP demonstration in Salford & Eccles to drag these negotiations into the light.

Confidential Healthcare Data to be shared with Pharmacists

Monday, 10 August, 2015 - 23:15

In what is effectively a forerunner to the controversial Care.data project from NHS England Pharmacies (including of course Boots, Tesco and Superdrug) will now have access to patient’s confidential data (the so called 'Summary Care Record'). This is being rolled out across England following a pilot scheme in 140 pharmacies where almost 2000 patient’s records were accessed.

Pirate Party UK Celebrates 6th Birthday

Thursday, 30 July, 2015 - 02:45

On 30th July 2009, Andrew Robinson registered Pirate Party UK as a political party for the first time. Today, we are proud to celebrate our 6th Birthday, and launch #WeArrSix, our Pirate Party campaign retrospective.

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.

Snooping Law Found Illegal

Friday, 17 July, 2015 - 12:00

Controversial surveillance legislation that was pushed through Parliament in days has been found to be unlawful by the High Court. It was found that the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 (DRIPA) failed to provide clear and precise rules to protect data and that the access is not authorised by a court and independent body.

Shabby European Compromise on TTIP

Thursday, 9 July, 2015 - 11:00

The European Parliament has voted on negotiating principles or 'red lines' on the EU-US trade deal TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership). The vote had been delayed after a large number of amendments to the report had been put down.

TTIP has been particularly controversial because of its secret negotiations and potential to undermine European standards. 2.3 million EU citizens signed a petition to Stop TTIP.

Pirate Party UK announces appointments to the NEC, and Board of Governors

Tuesday, 7 July, 2015 - 13:30

Pirate Party UK is proud to announce the results of elections to its National Executive Committee held during June of 2015.

Cris Chesha has been elected as Party Leader to replace Loz Kaye, who formally stepped down after the 2015 UK General Election. Chesha stood in Manchester Gorton during the 2015 General Election and has gained a dedicated base of support in the party for his left-field campaigning style, and his fierce and uncompromising stance on core party issues such as government surveillance, digital liberty and radical democratic reform.

Tory Queen's Speech - Human Rights Chaos

Wednesday, 27 May, 2015 - 12:15

The Queen has set out the proposed legislation by the first Conservative majority government for nearly twenty years.

Attempts to scrap the Human Rights Act (HRA) and replace it with a British Bill of rights have been delayed, breaking David Cameron's promise that this would happen in the first 100 days of the new parliament. Removing the HRA has run in to problems of opposition within the Conservative party and because it is written into devolution deals.

Measures to combat extremism, a new law on communications data, and changing the ability to strike were announced.

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