The Pirate Party in Manchester. Looking forward to the Ancoats and Clayton By-election, December 2013

Environment Worries After Clayton Fire

Residents and canal users have voiced concern after a dramatic blaze at a pharmaceutical development plant in Clayton. Following the fire what the Manchester Evening News described as a "wall of foam" built up along the Ashton canal by the Etihad Campus. By late afternoon on Easter Monday pollution had spread all the way along the canal from Beswick to Holt Town. The sight was a grim one on what should be the pride of Manchester, our historic waterways. The company Carbogen Amcis who run t...
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Help Give Manchester a Different Voice

Help Give Manchester a Different Voice Hi - I'm Loz Kaye! It's time for Manchester Central to have an independent voice. I want to stand to restore faith in our broken democracy, to speak out for our freedoms and make a Manchester – and country- where everyone can get their fair share. I've been backing grassroots campaigns to stop companies ruining our city by letting buildings stand empty when they should be used to benefit the community. I've been challenging the Manchester planning co...
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Successful Action on Abandoned Syringes

We often get reports of abandoned syringes on Manchester land via social media and from door knocking, for example in Clayton and Beswick. This obviously concerns residents, and it's a worrying sign of vulnerable people not getting the support they need. We've recently reported a whole load found in the Piccadilly Basin and Northern Quarter areas. This isn't made any easier by the piecemeal privatisation of space in city. The council won't remove any on private land - so it can be a job findi...
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Beat The Snoopers: Manchester Cryptoparty

Government mass surveillance is big news again, with Obama admitting maybe things have got a bit out of hand. But as ever, there is no guarantee of protection from the NSA for foreigners. We're figuring that Mancunians count as foreigners in POTUS's book. So you can learn more about how to protect your privacy and look after your data right here thanks to the folks at Cryptoparty Manchester. They have announced the city's first Free Software festival for February, opening at MadLab on Mond...
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Be A Council Candidate!

We're looking ahead to council elections in Manchester this May already. The Labour party have made no secret that they want a one party state of Mancunia. That will be bad for our communities, bad for our city, bad for democracy. So, we're after people to step up and be candidates for the Pirate Party in Manchester. You don't have to have any particular background, just to want real change in this city. Don't leave it to the same old tired lot. It's time to offer a different vision for housi...
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Cannabis Cafe Debate

Reports by the Manchester Evening News that campaigner Colin Davies is to open a “cannabis cafe” in the Northern Quarter has certainly kicked off a debate in the city. It has always been the Pirate Party's point of view that policy on drugs needs to be driven by evidence, and not hysteria. It's vital that it becomes an issue of health policy, not policing. Loz Kaye debated the case with a city centre councillor in the Manchester Evening News – link here.

 

Election Day for Ancoats & Clayton!

Today is election day! With all the hard work that has been put in (even if it isn't quite finished) it is important that we absolutely make the most of these last few hours. If you are registered and in Ancoats & Clayton, please go and vote and encourage others to vote.  If you are voting Pirate, let people know why! Even if you aren't, today is the last day where you can make the case that a vote for Loz and the Pirate Party is the right thing to do here. Talk to your friends and family...
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10 Ideas For A Better Manchester

1 Improve Housing Hold housing associations to account and the council should use the powers it has to make for developers and landlords look after property. 2 Regeneration For All The pace of renovating housing needs to increase from the streets of Clayton right in to the Northern Quarter. Let's change the focus from yet more empty offices to much needed homes. 3 Protect Tenants - Bedroom Tax free Manchester People need help and practical support now, not after a General Election...
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The Manchester Pirates now have their own Meetup!

As of yesterday, a new Meetup has been set up for all Manchester-based Pirates and their friends: Manchester Pirates! An official Meetup organised by Pirate Party UK aiming to bring together Pirates and would-be Pirates in Greater Manchester by meeting once a month in an informal setting (cafe, pub) to spread the word about current issues affecting our digital freedoms and online privacy, and freedom of speech in Social Media, as well as to organise specific actions to address them (resea...
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Victory for Ancoats Residents in Dispensary Campaign

Residents have scored a major victory in their campaign supported by the Pirate Party to save Ancoats Dispensary .The application to demolish the historic building has been withdrawn by the owner Urban Splash. The Grade II-listed building has been the focus of an intense campaign of local people, led by the Save Ancoats Dispensary Group, to resist demolition. An application to knock it down had been brought before Manchester City Council’s Planning Committee but this has now been withdrawn. ...
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