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 .

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.

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.

Pirate Party to stand Euro Candidates in North West Region

Friday, 28 March, 2014 - 13:30

There's More to Life than Nick v Nigel

The Pirate Party will be standing in the upcoming May 22nd European Parliament elections in the North West region.  

First on the Pirate Party North West list is Maria Aretoulaki. She runs her own IT consultancy as well as being a dubstep DJ and promoter. Born in Greece, Dr Aretoulaki speaks 4 languages and has lived in 3 different EU countries.

You Can Make A Difference in May

As you will be aware, this year is a big one for the party - we have the European Parliamentary elections coming up this May. The European parliament is vital to many of the issues we care about - from mass surveillance, copyright reform, international cooperation, to transparent trade agreements.

We will be running in these elections - but we need your help.

We need more people to join the excellent candidates who have already put themselves forward, so we can field the best team possible.

I would like to make another call-out to you, our members, but of course time is getting short!

If you, or anyone you know, have any interest in standing on behalf of the party in the upcoming EU Parliamentary election in May this year, please email me at [email protected] as soon as possible.  If you aren't quite sure, if you want more information, or even if you just have questions, do get in touch with me and I'll do everything I can to help.

There are of course many other ways for members like you to help at busy times like this;  from stuffing envelopes and pounding the pavements to responding to press requests, writing blog posts, talking with voters or even being an election agent for candidates.

We have our "CEEP" - the Common EU Electoral Programme as voted on by you, but that is not the end of the story. We will need to hear what you have and want to bring to the Euros.  We need our candidates to stand on their own platform, one they believe in and one they can be confident on.

Branches, Candidates and the Next Steps.

The Party is coming out of a fairly hectic period, we have a new treasurer, a new press officer, many new board members and we have been working hard to deal with the transitions as well as all the correspondence and ideas that have come in from members and non-members alike. So, for the last month or so much of our focus has been internal and it is about time we turned back to the work that actually gets our ideas out to people in the UK.

So, over the next few days we will be going over out what the campaigns team has and will be working on in the next few months.  If you have any suggestions or want to get involved in any way, let us know.

Leaders Update - There's never been a better time to go Pirate

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We've had quite a few new members join the party since my last update. So welcome all, and thanks to all of you who continue to be part of this party and those of ytou who have volunteered to help. We've been through quite a big media focus recently and it's time to expand our work on the ground to cope with the interest in Pirate politics. So that means a new and bigger team.

We have a new board and it's time to expand the team further, we'll need new people to help with press, new candidates, new treasury team, new people to support my work as Leader, help with ongoing policy, and new members for the board.

Loz Kaye confirmed as PPC for Manchester Central

Thursday, 28 June, 2012 - 10:15

On the 16th of June the Pirate Party National Executive Committee confirmed Party Leader Loz Kaye as their candidate for the Manchester Central by-election in November. The unanimous decision comes after Loz received 5% of the vote in Bradford ward in Council elections this year and affirms the Party's decision to stand local candidates wherever possible to give voters a choice to 'Vote Pirate'.

2012 Elections in our communities: Our candidates.

Tuesday, 6 March, 2012 - 16:45

The Pirate party will be contesting 8 wards across three cities in local elections in May of this year.

News Round-Up 14/01/11

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Tunisian Unrest

Last week, several members of Pirate Party Tunisia were arrested by the Tunisian Government as unrest engulfed the country. Pirate Parties around the world issued a statement condemning the action. You can read the statement here:

It later emerged that a Tunisian Pirate Party member had been beaten by police. Pirate Parties again issued a statement, calling for human rights to be respected. You can read the release here:


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