Greater Manchester: a right Mayoral stitch up

Article by Loz Kaye about the three main parties signing up to a deal for more devolved powers for the metropolitan borough with the condition of an elected mayor.

Wednesday, 12 November, 2014 - 15:30

Pirate Party Opens Manchester Office

Thursday, 25 September, 2014 - 18:00

The Pirate Party has opened a new national office at Islington Mill, Salford. This will be centre for administration, campaigning and a hub for election planning in to 2015's General Election and beyond.

On the campaign trail

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It has been a busy election season for me, and even though we've been going as a party for nearly 5 years the first time operating at more than one level at the same time. A typical week saw me talking to voters in the tower blocks of East Manchester, doing a press call for the North West Euro region and going down to London to help out with Lambeth leafleting.

Once again, I stood in the council elections for Manchester in the Ancoats and Clayton ward. Really untypically this is the 3rd time we have fought this ward within 9 months! The end of 2013 saw 2 by-elections as well as the regular election this May.

A lot of the issues we deal with play out on the big stage – net neutrality in the European Parliament, mass surveillance taking in the whole globe. But there is nothing like council politics to see why transparency and democratic engagement are vital.

Initial Election Result - Loz Kaye in Ancoats & Clayton Ward, Manchester Council

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The following are the results of the May 2014 local council elections for Ancoats & Clayton Ward, Manchester Council where Loz Kaye was standing for Pirate Party UK.

Candidates: Votes %
Atkins, Conservative 230 6.7%
Davidson, TUSC 30 0.9%
Dobson, Liberal  383 11.2%
Hansford,  Green   315 9.2%
Kaye, Pirate  129 3.8%
Loftus, UKIP 538 15.7%
Lovell, Lib Dem  110 3.2%
Ludford, Labour 1700 49.5%
Total 3435 100%

Ancoats and Clayton Casework Update Blog 17th April

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Piccadilly Basin AKA The Grassy Knoll

Plans to build on one of the few remaining pleasant open spaces in the Northern Quarter raised alarm amongst residents. Proposals are being drawn up to put flats on the green space on Tariff Street behind Jacksons Warehouse. It's not just about us losing a really nice place to be, concerns have also been raised about how the architecture would fit in context.

Worse still, I was alerted by residents that a massive part of the grass was dug up and mashed down without warning.

Here is the state of play as I have found out.


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