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Pirate Party UK Leader issues warning to City Police #knockknock

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Green Party Wales Leader Resigns... blames money

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Alice Hooker-Stroud resigned from the Wales Green Party Leadership today citing lack of funding for smaller parties in the UK meant it was "untenable" for her to carry on in the voluntary role.

I cannot find any way to agree with this position. Entire elected positions in government by the hundreds of thousands are without any funding, my community council seat is an entirely unpaid role as is my role as Deputy Leader position in the Pirate Party UK but I have never felt finances are a big enough problem to resign. If any party would face this problem, Pirates would certainly feel it first, let alone the Greens in Wales that share a membership in the tens of thousands with the main GPE&W.

We already place a huge amount of money in the running of government, I think it unwise at best to say that political parties should also add to the tax payers bill, effectively not only paying MPs but paying all the would-be MPs as well in some varying set of degrees.

Leader's Update: Weigh Anchor! We've got work to do!

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Hello fellow Pirates

Our party is about political engagement and so regardless of how you voted I want to thank all of you for taking part in our internal elections, whether you voted, verified ballots or ran the whole thing.

You really have honoured me with 70% of ballots cast voting Dave for Deputy Leader and I will continue to be a spokesperson for the party in a direction we all can be proud of.

I am however mindful that at least 30% didn’t vote for me and at worst, voted “against” me. Perhaps in a general election this is some what less important as I would already have a clear mandate and wouldn’t have to worry about anything for five years. Alternatively if we were to take a lesson from Labour, we’d be fighting a civil war and having annual leadership elections...

That’s not how the Pirate Party UK does politics.

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.

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.

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