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Transatlantic trade requires Transatlantic trust. We need openness.

Are we citizens or suspects? Stop spying on us!

Whistleblowers- Speaking Up For All of Us Protect the Right to Speak Up

When you block it, you break it. Lets keep the web alive.

Copyright and Patent Reform

Everyone is part of the digital economy

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...

Full NEC election: the Pirate Party needs you!

Dear Pirates,

Every position on the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Pirate Party UK is now up for election!

This is a constitutional requirement: full NEC elections must be held every 25 months, regardless of how long individual officers have been in post. The last election was held at this time in 2013.

Several members of the current NEC have announced that they do not intend to stand for re-election to the same position. These are Cris Chesha (Party Leader), Sam Clark (Treasurer), and me (George Walkden, Nominating Officer). All these posts, and all other posts (Campaigns Officer, Deputy Leader, Secretary), are up for election.

We're between major UK elections, and the party is in need of new blood and new ideas. If you'd like to put your name forward, take a look at this page! You'll need to be a member and to be seconded by a current member in good standing. You can often find a seconder on the Community candidates page.

The timetable of the election is as follows:

Leader's Update: #SaferInternetDay 2016

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#SaferInternetDay is a mixed day for Pirates. Of course it's important to stay safe online but often promoting safety online gets muddied with discouraging people to use emerging technologies for fear something bad might happen.


We take risks both online and offline. Should we really treat our online lives any differently? As we all know, there are a variety of ways we can keep ourselves safe online and the Pirate Party has been campaigning hard for over six years to protect our right to essential practices like encryption and anonymity.


Let's all share ways of being safe online and remember the purpose of this; we want to be safe so that we can enjoy our digital environment.


I continue to offer my full support to anyone who would offer us increased protection online without infringing on our freedoms or civil liberties.


Stay safe out there


David A Elston

Pirate Party Deputy Leader

Could you be a Local Pirate?

Ahoy Pirates!

As a party we appear to be brushing ourselves down and gearing up for the year ahead and inevitably that means a national set of elections in May.

Following the European Elections in 2014, and the General Election last year, this year the focus is on local councils and devolved Assemblies.

From Manchester to Maidstone, Bristol to Bridlington, there are local elections across almost all the country. If you want to be able to VOTE PIRATE in your area, then why not consider standing as a candidate for your local council? You can find out more about what it involves here - https://pirateparty.org.uk/standing-election-your-local-council

In  2014 we stood in the North-West Region for the European Elections. At last year's General Election we had candidates in Manchester, Sheffield, South Wales and London. This year we want to consolidate in those areas, and branch out to new ones as well. This means that even if you are the only Pirate in your area it's still worth standing as a candidate as a  way of putting the Pirate name and brand out there - hopefully it will lead to kick-starting a branch in your area if people come forward and are interested.

Leader's Update: 2016 - Call to Action

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Hello fellow Pirates!

Happy New Year to you and apologies that you've not heard from the party in a while. As I am sure that you realise with a number of people stepping down from the NEC without people stepping up to replace them, it left a void at the top of the party for the last few months. However, with a New Year comes a New Start - and as a party we appear to have done that classic tech admin thing of 'turn it off and turn it back on again' with a fair degree of success.

As far as members go - we have beaten our previous high and as of 31-Dec had over 760 members - so thanks to each and every one of you for supporting the party and getting involved. One of our plans for the year ahead is to have a much more distributed workload and to utilise volunteers much more - having a distributed support means that we really need to use that to our advantage, so get in touch to see how you can get involved.

One of the ways in which to get involved is to join the NEC, the group which coordinates and plans the work of the party. There are vacancies in a number of roles:

Pirate Policies & Local Government

The team at the Pirate Party apply their policies to local government and tell Future Councils their plans for the year ahead.

Friday, 22 January, 2016 - 09:00

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