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Perfume and Paints to be banned across Lambeth!

Under draconian new powers intended to be implemented by Lambeth Council on 17th August, you could be fined up to £1000 for buying or using perfume, paint, incense sticks, or any other 'intoxicating' substance in any public space within Lambeth. Lambeth Council are seeking to introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in order to crack down on the growing use of nitrous oxide (a legal high) in the borough and the associated litter and anti-social behaviour. However, the PSPO defines...
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It’s finally here! – Thanks for helping us get this far (now please go and Vote Pirate)

To all who have helped, engaged with, and contacted the Pirate Party over the last few months - Thank You! As a voter in Vauxhall - I hope that you feel that the concerns and issues you raised have been heard and that you have had a response from all parties that enables you to make an informed and educated choice when voting tomorrow. Naturally I would encourage you to Vote Pirate in this election. I believe that the way in which we are engaging in democracy through crowd-sourcing our man...
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Public Response – Housing

Thank you for getting in touch with me about Housing and I am very happy to support the aims of the ‘Homes for Britain’ campaign to make housing a campaign issue in this election. Genuinely Affordable Housing for all is one of my key priorities for this election - it is an enormously important issue for many people which is currently being ignored by the main parties. As far as social housing in the area is concerned - I believe that we should be renewing our social housing, not selling it...
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How would the Pirate Party’s crowdsourced manifesto help students?

The UK Pirate Party has just published its 2015 General Election manifesto, widely publicised as the first crowdsourced election manifesto in the UK. The party has been crowdsourcing its policy ever since 2011 when it launched the project ‘Steal This Manifesto’, using a dedicated subreddit to open discussion on what sort of policies they should adopt. Last month saw two and a half weeks of suggestions and debate on reddit and the Pirate Party community forums. Party members then voted on w...
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Public Response: NHS Privatisation

Thank you for getting in touch with me about the NHS. For good reason, the NHS has an almost talismanic status in British political debate. Fundamentally I am in favour of the underlying principle of a national, universal health service which is free at the point of need. I have a young family and thanks to the NHS, I know I can take my children to my GP or hospital and have any issue dealt with quickly, professionally and without having to worry about how much it will cost. No-one should hav...
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Public Response: TTIP

Thank you for getting in touch with me about TTIP and the Pirate Party's response to it. As a party we have been consistent and vocal in our opposition to TTIP for well over a year now - it was one of the planks of our European Campaign last May. You can see our Campaign page on it here: https://www.pirateparty.org.uk/campaigns/issues/ttip-trading-away-our-rights This is how you can be sure that our opposition is genuine, principled and long-term. In our opinion, the fundamental and underlying...
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Pirate Party London – GE2015 Campaign Kick-Off – All Welcome!

Following the success of the Pirate Party's 'Un-Conference' in Salford, the London branch is bringing the best bits down South as well! It's clear that the Pirate Party is needed more than ever. From mass surveillance, restoring confidence in our broken democracy, making politics something everyone can take part in, challenging international agreements that threaten our freedoms, we're dealing with issues that other parties aren't. Come and join us to kick off the General Election campaign...
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Public Response: What would you do to crack down on ‘tax dodging’?

Thank you for getting in touch with me about fairness in our tax system, and specifically to ask about the Pirate Party’s plans to crack down on tax dodging. Millions of us have just finished our tax returns, doing our bit to support the NHS, education and pensions. We in the Pirate Party, like you, expect both business and wealthy individuals to do the same. Of course we know that hasn't been the case. Just the tax avoidance by Boots over 6 years would have paid for a staggering, and much...
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Libraries in a digital age – Reinvigorate, don’t Reduce

Lambeth Council announced yesterday that they intend to sell 2 of the Borough’s libraries (Waterloo and Minet), and cut the funding for another 3 (with a vague hope that local ‘Friends’ groups and volunteers take over the running of them). Whilst this has been put out as ‘prospective’ it is clear from the fact that they are already moving the Brixton Archives from Minet Library to Brixton that this is the long-term intention. The background for this is a cut in funding for ‘cultural’ serv...
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The start of a cycling revolution?

Finally, after one of the longest, and certainly the largest, public consultations in TfL history - Boris Johnson today announced that the proposed ‘Crossrail for Bikes’ Cycling Superhighways would go ahead as planned. Both the East-West (from Tower Hill to Paddington) and the North-South (from Elephant to Farringdon) routes will be genuinely kerb segregated dedicated cycling infrastructure – a massive improvement for cyclists on the dangerous patches of irregular blue paint which bear the ‘...
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