Elections

Final Call for Local Election Candidates

Wednesday, 15 March, 2017 - 20:15

Hey all,

Across the UK local elections will soon be taking place. If you've ever considered a future in politics, this is the perfect place to start and flex your muscles.

Member's Update - Elections and Incumbents

Sunday, 29 May, 2016 - 22:00

Hello fellow Pirates,


We have some announcements to make!

If you're looking for some fresh content, our very own Danfox [https://www.pirateparty.org.uk/danfox-davies ] has posted an interesting long-read magazine piece on wars, friendship, and conscience [https://www.pirateparty.org.uk/party-magazine/new-world-example ].

6 Years Back - 6 Years Forward - #WeArrSix

Mark Chapman's picture

As the Pirate Party UK celebrates its 6th Birthday this week, it's an opportunity to both look back at what we've achieved as a party, and what we can strive towards over the next 6 years.

In some ways, we've achieved a fair amount simply by still existing - the majority of brand new political parties fold again within the first 5 years. We can be proud too of the many things where we have been at the forefront of campaigning - the Digital Economy Act, DRIPA and the Snoopers Charter, Copyright Reform, Internet Filtering, Democratic Reform and many others.

Over the next 6 years we should be looking to build rapidly on this solid base. We should be focused on building the Pirate name and the Pirate brand across the country and across elections. Having looked at those parties in the UK which have been successful recently (UKIP and the Green Party) what can we hope for in terms of electoral representation over the next 6 years?

Think Different, standing up for Sheffield.

It's General Election time and I'm looking forward to representing the Party and our ideas in Sheffield as the Party's PPC in Sheffield Central.

Five years ago when I helped Tim Dobson with his campaign in Manchester Gorton, I wasn't entirely sure he wasn't mad putting himself on the line for the Pirate Party. But I helped out and we learned a lot. I realised he was doing absolutely the right thing, providing a solution to the problems he wanted to solve.

Andy Halsall : Let's make being 'Wrong on Rights' unelectable

When it comes to the clash between surveillance and civil liberties, it seems the fight is still very much on. It's a war we have to win and with the General Election looming, making the case that mass surveillance and privacy should be important issues for voters is pretty vital.

Happily, on that score, there have been a number of developments that might just help us move the debate forward.

On Monday, the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, Europe’s top rights body published a report that shows that it believes mass surveillance is a significant threat to human rights.  That's good news for anyone hoping to see a rolling back of the surveillance state.

The report recognises what the Pirate Party and others have been saying for years about the threat of mass surveillance. Like us, it did not shy away from discussing the disclosures made by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden:

“The disclosures have provided compelling evidence of the existence of far-reaching, technologically advanced systems put in place by US intelligence services and their partners in certain Council of Europe member states to collect, store and analyse communication data, including content, location and other metadata, on a massive scale”

You want to vote Pirate? It'd be rude not to oblige.

Editor's picture

We can do better, and we will - We want to stand more candidates with more local branches.

Voting Pirate

Ever since the Pirate Party came on the scene in 2009, some people have been able to vote Pirate in local, parliamentary and most recently european elections. But never as many as we would like.

There have been 22 Pirate Party candidates since 2009. Your candidates have stood in 24 different elections, ranging from local elections in England and Scotland, Parliamentary elections, European Elections and a whole host of by-elections.  

In the five years we have been standing in elections we have learned a lot, and changed the way we approach elections almost entirely.  We have have gone from receiving tens of votes in our first elections, to thousands in our most recent. In the EU election,  8,600 people felt confident enough to put crosses next to our name.

Our proportion of the vote has changed too, where we have active branches, even in areas massively dominated by the biggest parties, we are now seeing anything up to 5% of voters putting an X next to our candidates names.

We have come a long way in a short time, but we have along way to go.

On the campaign trail

Loz Kaye's picture

It has been a busy election season for me, and even though we've been going as a party for nearly 5 years the first time operating at more than one level at the same time. A typical week saw me talking to voters in the tower blocks of East Manchester, doing a press call for the North West Euro region and going down to London to help out with Lambeth leafleting.

Once again, I stood in the council elections for Manchester in the Ancoats and Clayton ward. Really untypically this is the 3rd time we have fought this ward within 9 months! The end of 2013 saw 2 by-elections as well as the regular election this May.

A lot of the issues we deal with play out on the big stage – net neutrality in the European Parliament, mass surveillance taking in the whole globe. But there is nothing like council politics to see why transparency and democratic engagement are vital.

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

Mark Chapman's picture

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.

Anticipating the EU results tonight

Stephen Ogden's picture

While we are waiting for results (which could take some time) it is a good opportunity to summarise where we have been standing for election and what the chances are.

The polls opened in the UK at 7am on Thursday, closing at 10pm the same day. Elections actually took place for both the European Parliament accross the whole country as well as for local council elections in many part of the country.

The local elections are very interesting! Not every local council holds local elections at the same time, and even when they do they don't hold them in exactly the same way.

Thursday was a good example as we saw Loz Kaye standing for local election in Ancoats & Clayton, a ward which elects three local councillors, but only one at a time - this is called electing by thirds (as opposed to full). One advantage of this is that elections take place more often, which gives PPUK far more opportunities to stand, practice election-craft, and give voters many more opportunities to learn about what we stand for.

Pimpin' out your social media account - AKA promoting PPUK in EU elections

Stephen Ogden's picture

Just two days to go until the EU elections and the excitement is mounting. You want to do something to show all your family and friends that you're a die-hard Pirate Party evangelist but need a little help. How can you show your dedication to this important cause? Well, I have some answers...

Firstly, in true Pirate style, give us all your money! If not all, then any sum, no matter how small will help. If we don't reach our £5,000 target we won't get any of the money!

Secondly you can show your support for us via social media by clicking on the twitter/facebook/tumblr support options on our ThunderClap campaign. This will let us, in true Pirate fashion (over using this yet? no? good!), hijack your account to send a single message of support. All our supporters will send the same (or similar) message at the same time creating a masive wave... a wave upon which we can ride to success!

Thirdly (yes, there's more!) you can add a Vote Pirate twibbon to your twitter/facebook account. If you don't want to do this via the twibbon website you can pimp out your own avatars using the attached transparent image and your favoured open source image editor.

What else can you do? We've made a plethora of campaign posters over the past few weeks, and these are all available (with source material). You can take these, mix, re-mix, use and re-use to your heart's content. You can also take to the twitterverse to proclaim your love of the Party and encourage others to vote for us. The hashtags we're using are: #VotePirate #EP2014 and for the pozible campaign #FundPirate

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