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

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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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Manchester – The Digital Debate


Manchester Council Hits The Wrong Note

  Council budgets are under pressure right now and so much of our city is in need of regeneration. This is why many have been shocked at the Labour council's decision to blow a whopping £425,000 putting on an MTV concert featuring Alicia Keys. Not content with bank bailouts, we are now getting music industry bailouts as well. This seems all too typical of a town hall that seems obsessed with style over substance. The council has attempted to justify the event by claiming it repres...
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Loz Kaye – Why I want to represent you


Loz Kaye – Let’s scrap tuition fees


Preserve the Curve

I have been highlighting the case of the threat to Ancoats Dispensary. But throughout Manchester there are examples of how the Labour council's unwillingness to listen is damaging our heritage and taking our shared spaces. The "Save Library Walk" campaign staged a protest against plans to spend a whopping £3.5 million glass link in between the Central Library and the Town Hall Extension. This is already a beautiful space in the centre of our city and the plans will waste money putting a fussy...
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Pride – Looking Forward, and Looking Back.

I'd like to thank Josh and everyone else who helped organise the Geek Pride contingent at Manchester's Pride Parade and all those turned out to support us. It was a really fun day, fantastic to see so many people along the route, and the geek presence and placards certainly brought a lot of smiles to people's faces. It's nice to do something which has a political aim which also makes people happy. And Pride is political. The weekend has thrown up more examples of why it's still necessary,...
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LGBT Manifesto

I’m really pleased to announce that I have launched my LGBT manifesto for Manchester Central. Marching again in Manchester Pride yesterday with geek pride and seeing such a great reception from thousands of people really brought home how far we have come, and how much work there still is to do, my LGBT Manifesto should show what I think we can do next. The manifesto picks up on some of the things we campaigned on here earlier this year in Manchester during the local elections, these are t...
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Manchester: Distinction, Gove: Must Try Harder

Congratulations to Manchester students and teachers for this year's GCSE results. The Manchester Evening News is reporting that our schools have gone against the national trend, and overall 53.5% achieved 5 good grades up from 51% last year, while the country as a whole saw a slight drop. St Matthew's High in Moston achieved 60% and Manchester Academy in Moss Side saw a rise to 49% getting the good grades. The Manchester results are thanks to everyone working hard under what are often challe...
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