Lambeth

Libraries in a digital age – Reinvigorate, don't Reduce

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Lambeth Council announced yesterday that they intend to sell 2 of the Borough’s libraries (Waterloo and Minet), and cut the funding for another 3 (with a vague hope that local ‘Friends’ groups and volunteers take over the running of them). Whilst this has been put out as ‘prospective’ it is clear from the fact that they are already moving the Brixton Archives from Minet Library to Brixton that this is the long-term intention.

The background for this is a cut in funding for ‘cultural’ services which means that they are budgeting for just ½ the amount of money being available in 2018 as was available in 2013-14. The ‘cultural’ umbrella appears to encompass libraries, parks and other open spaces, with all areas being hit.

Mark Chapman - It's time to get the message out.

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Last week 129 people put their X next to the Pirate Party logo (and my name) on the ballot paper in Lambeth's local elections. That's 129 people that wouldn't have otherwise had the opportunity to Vote Pirate.

More than that 129 though, are the thousands of people in the area who now know about the party, even if only a little. Thousands of people who are more aware of some of the things that we are passionate about and are campaigning for. People more aware of the need for transparent and open government at all levels, with open access to government data. More aware of the democratic deficit where turnout is low and there is no effective opposition. More aware of the need for digital rights and individual privacy requirements.

In order to change minds, and so change society, we need to spread the Pirate message, and one of the best ways of doing that is through the democratic process. That's why we need many more people to stand as candidates at all levels of government.

By standing, not only do we give people the opportunity to vote for us - to say 'Yes, I believe in what you are saying, I believe that it is important and I agree with you' - but almost more importantly it gives us the opportunity to talk to them about the things that we think matter. To give us the microphone of publicity to speak to people.

Initial Election Result - Mark Chapman in Vassall Ward, Lambeth Council

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The following are the results of the May 2014 local council elections for Vassall Ward, Lambeth Council where Mark Chapman was standing for Pirate Party UK for the first time.

 

Candidates: Votes %
Abbot, Conservative 463 5.01%
Avebury, Lib Dem 445 4.82%
Barr, Conservative 451 4.88%
Chapman, Pirate 129 1.40%
Cole, Green 598 6.47%
Dyer, Labour 1,751 18.95%
Everett, Green 451 4.88%
Gadsby, Labour 1,723 18.65%
Gallop, Labour 1,671 18.09%
Gethney, Conservative 382 4.14%
Montague, TUSC 113 1.22%
Thomas, Lib Dem 388 4.20%
Walton, Green 419 4.54%
Wyard, Lib Dem 254 2.75%
Total: 9,238 100.00%

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