Reflections of a Former Nominating Officer

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It's that time of year where people traditionally reflect on the past 12 months. Having recently stood down from the NEC, I've been reflecting on my time so far with PPUK. It's been an interesting journey, from initially volunteering to spend the odd hour working on the IT systems to the last couple of years as an elected officer on the NEC. Along the way, there have been a mix of good and bad times (I've made a number of new friends, been threatened with legal action and frequently had to learn new skills for the tasks I've picked up).

Recent events, highlighted especially on Christmas day by Edward Snowden's alternative speech, show that my reasons for joining & becoming an active member of the party remain. We need to keep (and step up!) campaigning on our core issues, lest we completely lose our rights to Privacy, Free Speech and everything associated with them.

Welcome to 2014

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Welcome to 2014!

Last Thursday saw the first NEC meeting of the new year.  As you might expect, we slowed down and recharged a little over the festive period, but for both the NEC and the party there was still plenty going on!

Between press, the paperwork involved in a change of staff and writing content for our party blog we have been hard at work migrating content over to our new website, which has been months in the making.  Our branches have maintained their activity, with meet-ups and activity over the period, as well as getting involved in concrete action in their local areas.

New NEC ready to take PPUK to next level

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Welcome to the new National Executive Committee!

Yesterday saw the first meeting of the newly elected NEC#p.1" title="[1]">1, as well as the last of the calendar year.

2014/15 are going to be interesting years for the party.  In the four years since we were registered, the party has come a long way; we have professionalised and we have gone from strength to strength.

In welcoming the new members of the NEC, Loz was quite clear that we can seize this new mandate to solidify and build upon the hard work of all officers and volunteers who have worked so hard to get us where we are today.

New Pirate Leadership Team Takes Aim for 2014

Monday, 16 December, 2013 - 14:45

The Pirate Party UK is pleased to announced the results of its leadership election and a fresh team to blaze new ground in 2014 and beyond. There is a healthy mix of old and new faces, with some of those new faces already having worked hard within the Party in other roles for some time.

Party: Long live the Finance Officer.

On Tuesday Shaun Daley, our Party Treasurer may of this year resigned his position and (as he put it) is "about to run away " to Romania. Given the deadlines that the party must meet to satisfy Her Majesties Revenue and Customs, Sam Clarke, Governor and now former member of the party's Treasury Oversight Committee will be stepping in to the breach and taking responsibility for treasury as the party's Financial Officer until internal elections in October.

BPI Threatens Legal Action Against Pirate Party Executive

Friday, 14 December, 2012 - 17:45

The Pirate Party UK can confirm that 6 members of the party have received letters from a solicitors firm acting on behalf of the BPI threatening legal action. Leader Loz Kaye has been singled out, along with the 4 other members of the National Executive and the party's head of IT.

Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye said:

Opening statement - Annual NEC meeting

Thursday, 21 June, 2012 - 12:00

Loz Kaye speaking at the second annual physical Pirate Party UK National Executive meeting, which set out the parties priorities for the coming months, gave the following opening address:


"It's a year since we last did this, or just over. I know that it was a very significant meeting last year, it set the tone for a lot of what has happened since and I think that being here, in this room, is symbolic of a lot of that."

A Message from the PPUK Leader

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We've been through a period of change here at Pirate Party UK, and I am pleased to say we have a great new team for the challenges ahead. In the National Executive Committee, Gavin Meredith has taken over as Treasurer, and congratulations to our new Campaigns Officer Andy Halsall. We also have a new web team leader in Ed Geraghty. I think we have the right people in place to help us take the party to the next level,  I want to make sure that we make the most of the fresh ideas and new direction this change in personalities will give the party.  It is an opportunity for progress that we must grasp with both hands.


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