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Vote Dave for Deputy

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Hello once more fellow Pirates

The deadline for casting your vote draws ever closer as the polls close Thursday 2nd February a touch before midnight.

In the past, the campaigning with our internal elections has been a little thin, more than likely because Pirates are hesitant to turn cannon on one another – but let’s not take lessons from the established parties, that internal elections are a place to blow someone else’s flame out to make yours appear brighter.

Instead, I’m here to make a positive case for my Deputy Leadership and until a Leader rises from our ranks, your Acting Leader.

NEC Election 2017: Deputy Leader

Hello, everyone!

I'm writing this message at around twenty minutes past twelve on Friday morning, the 20th day of January in the year of 2017, so I sincerely apologise if I ramble a little bit...

Today marks the day of Donald Trump's Inauguration as the US President, Brexit continues to be talked about, and the Pirate Party UK NEC Election 2017 Nominations for Secretary and Deputy Leader have closed, and voting has commenced. At least something positive will come about from today.

For those that don't know, the National Executive Committee is an important part of the political blogosphere, and most (if not all) political parties have an NEC at the helm. Constitutionally for PPUK, the NEC is the executive body of the Pirate Party UK, comprised of the elected officers and other members selected to join the committee. Essentially this means that the NEC is important.

I nominated myself for the position of Deputy Leader as I relish a challenge, and I want to get a lot more involved in Party politics than I ever before imagined I would. I've previously held the roles of Press Officer, and Nominations Officer, and I have stories to tell of both.

Wales Bill: Two Steps Forward One Step Back

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Today the Wales Bill passed in the Senedd with a vote of 38 to 17.

Perhaps the most exciting piece of this bill, is that it does make it possible for us to allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote in Welsh elections.

For me this is one of the big differences between Wales and England; how we treat our young people. At 16 you can drive a moped, join the armed forces, work full time, buy bonds, donate blood, have a passport, leave home, choose a GP and in Wales, as well as having control over your career, being able to leave school at 16, you may soon be able to vote on the very thing that controls all those other liberties.

Scrap the Severn Bridge Toll - and fix our roads!

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While the Secretary of State for Wales is content in the Severn Bridge tolls being struck in half, and others say slashed further again, I believe they should be scrapped completely and the profits they have been making while letting the debt be idle, used to fix our roads.

The Severn Bridge Toll has been a thorn in Wales' literal side no doubt having some impact both on job seekers and employees travelling accross the boarder but also to tourism.

In May 2013 the debt still stood at £88 million pounds but by 2015 this figure still hadn’t moved, despite them pocketing a £140 million windfall. In fact, over 2010 to 2014, net toll revenue was £411.6 million.

Originally the private bridges were due to fall into public ownership by 2018, when the debt would need to be paid off in full.


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