Fight for your rights, and party!

2015 is going to be a year of change for the Pirate Party. Loz isn't standing for re-election and a number of long-term members are taking a step away from the party, if not the issues. These are people I've worked with for a long time, and I know just how hard they have worked and how much they have put in.

They deserve my thanks and the thanks of our members generally. Together they have done much to take the party from being one that was dismissed outright, to one that is criticised on its ideas and approach.


With all the hard work that has been put in (even if it isn’t quite finished) it is important that we make the most of these last few hours. So, go and vote and encourage others to vote (whether they are voting Pirate or not!).  If you are voting Pirate, let people know why! Even if you can't, today is the last day where you can make the case that a vote for Pirate Party is the right thing to do and that our issues are vital. Talk to your friends and family, talk to your co-workers and anyone else you know and make sure they vote today.  Do share images on twitter and other social media, our materials page has a host of images available for you to publicise our issue!

Standing on the Right Ideas.

On the 7th of May you will decide the future of our country, you will be asked to make a choice about who represents you in Parliament.

That choice is an important one and it is all yours.

It's easy to feel powerless in the UK today.  We will change that.  It's important for candidates to be clear about where they stand, especially where they have differences with their party. After all, it is important that your MP represents you, not their party and not their campaign donors when they vote in Parliament. That is why I have published my manifesto for Sheffield, it makes it clear what I would support as a member of Parliament and is full of the ideas that I am passionate about and that I want to see on the agenda for 2015 and beyond. I have the right ideas on the health, the economy, education, personal freedoms, tax and more.


FAQ's - Where do You stand on Media Ownership?

We are very fortunate in Sheffield to have an excellent array of local independent online journalists, as well as community radio and TV now. We need to encourage and support these and others to ensure that we have a locally focused free press in the future.

Media barons like Rupert Murdoch have far too much power in our democracy and we need regulation. However, I would like to emphasize that while regulation of media companies when they get to a certain size is important, it is not right for us to enter into a censorship campaign that would choke the press and stifle the free flowing exchange of information.

Election 2015: The fifty shades of Parliament

The the battle for Number 10 has been described as a stark choice between the Conservatives and Labour. But is it really just red against blue? Across the country, parties flying flags of all colours will be vying for your vote....

Initially formed in Sweden, the Pirate Party launched in the UK in 2009. Its 2015 conference had a "bring your own rum" policy.  

According to its website it believes "being a Pirate means that you are independent minded and independent minded politics is what we need right now."

Andy Halsall is standing for the party in Sheffield Central where Labour's Paul Blomfield narrowly saw of the challenge of Liberal Democrat candidate Paul Scriven in 2010 by just 165 votes. (read more)


Thursday, 2 April, 2015 - 22:00

First Pirate Party candidate for Sheffield

A former soldier is to be the first candidate from the Pirate Party to stand for election in Sheffield.

Dad-of-four Andy Halsall, of Upperthorpe, is standing as the party’s candidate for Sheffield Central in the general election in May.

The party – which focuses on bringing about reform to patent and copyright laws,reducing surveillance and ensuring freedom of speech – has been going for five years. 

Tuesday, 17 March, 2015 - 09:15

People make politics: The Pirate Party on why it's crowdsourcing its manifesto

By Dave Neal

THE PIRATE PARTY UK is steadily increasing its position in the political spectrum, aided perhaps by the actions and behaviour of the big three parties.

Taking this further is the organisation's keen eye and large ear for the views of the electorate. In the run up to the General Election, The Pirate Party is again asking the population to steer its policies.

This could put the party at an advantage in this Post-Snowden, more informed world, and cause upset at the polls.

We spoke to the party's latest prospect, Sheffield Central candidate Andy Halsall, about the crowdsourcery and its impact on the party and its politics. (Read more on


Friday, 13 March, 2015 - 13:00

Pirate Party UK will contest Green target seat, Sheffield Central

Thursday, 12 March, 2015 - 12:30

The Pirate Party has announced it will be standing at least one candidate in Sheffield for the General Election in May.  Andy Halsall was selected by local members on the 5th of March 2015.

This will be the first time in the Party's five and a half years of campaigning in the UK that it will be standing candidates in Sheffield. Previously the party has contested Parliamentary seats in various parts of the UK, including London, Manchester, Derby and Leicester, as well as the European Election in 2014 and Scottish Parliamentary Elections.


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