Press Releases

  • Adrian Short
    Tuesday, 15 March, 2016 - 10:45

    The Pirate Party is calling on MPs of all parties to work together to defeat the Investigatory Powers Bill, which gets its second reading in the House of Commons today.

    The bill would force internet companies to keep customers' browsing records for up to a year and turn them over to authorities without a warrant. It also seeks to legalise the mass hacking of people's phones and computers by government without any individual suspicion.

    Adrian Short, Pirate Party spokesperson, said:

    "There is no way to make permanent surveillance of the whole population safe. The...

  • George Walkden
    Monday, 15 February, 2016 - 22:00

    The Pirate Party UK welcomed the EU Commission's proposal to allow people to access media abroad that they pay for at home.

    If passed, the law could allow people to access TV, films, sports broadcasts, music, e-books, games and other media that they have rented at home. This benefit may extend to service providers such as Google Play, iTunes, Spotify, Sky Go, BT Sport, Amazon e-books, BBC and others.

    Pirate Party Spokesperson George Walkden said:

    "We welcome this positive step, but recognise that it is only a very small exception to the much...

  • David A Elston
    Thursday, 4 February, 2016 - 12:30

    The Pirate Party welcomes reports that the United Nations panel on arbitrary detention has ruled that the UK's treatment of Julian Assange is unlawful. The UK should now grant him safe passage to Ecuador.

    David Elston, Pirate Party deputy leader said:

    "Julian Assange has spent over three years in the Ecuadorian embassy in conditions that the United Nations says amount to unlawful detention. Staying in the embassy is harmful to his health and he cannot access adequate medical treatment. He is subject to constant surveillance. The Swedish prosecutor continues to...

  • David A Elston
    Tuesday, 26 January, 2016 (All day)

    The Pirate Party is backing the Fair Tax Town campaign, the latest group showing their discontent for our over-complicated and unfair tax system.

    Fair Tax Town highlights this unfairness by helping small local businesses to exploit the loopholes used by global corporations. Their message to HMRC is simple: Shut down these loopholes or we'll all use them. One such loophole is an "intellectual property" loophole, an area Pirates are very familiar with.

    David Elston, Pirate Party deputy leader and spokesperson for Wales said:

    "The people of Wales have a...

  • Monday, 25 January, 2016 - 16:00

    The Pirate party is letting loose the sails, storming back into the fight for protecting our civil liberties, free speech and campaigning for more openness at all levels of government by standing a candidate in the Higher Blackley by-election on 18 February.
    George Walkden, election candidate, said:
    "Manchester has been at the heart of Pirate politics in the UK. I am standing for Higher Blackley because I know that people here strongly oppose what the Conservatives have done nationally, and what the Labour council has done locally. Pirates are...


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