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

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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Hustings – Friends Meeting House (Part 1)

Attending the 6th of Novembers hustings Manchester central hustings was a good reminder at just how important it is for people to be able to get to know the candidates seeking to represent us in westminster. The event, organised by Friends of the earth and unlock democracy and moderated by Jim Hancock, allowed all the candidates to express their views on a range of issues. Topics discussed included everything from the privatisation of the motorway network to the fluoridation of water. I would...
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Posters for Everyone!

If anyone would like a 'Vote Loz' Poster, or one of the Pirate Party's regular posters (the sharing is caring Poster is pictured below) they are available on request (and we may even be able to deliver to you).  Simply get in touch with manchester@pirateparty.org.uk  and tell us how many you would like. If you already have Pirate Party or 'Vote' posters, it would be great to start seeing them and for others to see them around the city!

 

PCS Make Your Vote Count Campaign Response.

The PCS have written to all the candidates in the Manchester Central By-Election asking them to commit to a number of pledges that support public sector workers as part of their "Make Your Vote Count (MYVC) campaign".  This is my response to their written questions.  You can of course always see more about the Pirate Party's positions in our Manifesto, or about the positions I am taking in Manchester in the Manchester Manifesto.   Both the Pirate Party and I support unconditionall...
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The Police Commissioner Question

Manchester faces a difficult choice in November and, from the conversations we have been having with voters, most of us are confused or will simply avoid it. On the 15th we will be asked to make a decision about who to elect as Police and Crime Commissioner, a new post brought in by the coalition government and opposed by Labour, that is claimed will make the police more accountable to the people. Lets assume firstly that this is about democracy and accountability... To even stand in t...
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