Pirate Party London

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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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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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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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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The wrong bridge, in the wrong location, being funded in the wrong manner…

Who could possibly be against the planned Garden Bridge when it is described as a ‘…stunning new public garden and pedestrian crossing… a vital new route between north and south London and feature plants, trees, woodland and meandering walkways to be used and enjoyed by all.’ (From the Garden Bridge website) Except that it is not nearly that straightforward. I have been observing the arguments on both sides for a while now, trying to gather enough evidence (rather than just marketing blurb) t...
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New Year, New Start, New Politics

Dear Londoner, Hope that you are well and a very Happy New Year to you. As I am sure that you are aware, there is a General Election in just 4 months time. That might sound like a long time, but I know that it will go very quickly indeed and we need to use that time as well as we can. We have already seen just a couple of days into the Year the main parties launching manifesto ideas and posters and it feels as though the 'unofficial' campaign has already begun in earnest. As the nominated ...
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Cycling Superhighways – on course for a collision of vested interests?

This is ostensibly an article about cycling in London - but even if neither cycling, nor London floats your boat and you are tempted to turn away - don't. For it actually reveals a lot about those vested interests that try to move things their way in a hidden manner, instead of being willing to be open and democratic about things. By way of some background, the Mayor of London (Boris himself) has been pushing a relatively pro-cycling agenda at City Hall, and in particular what are called Cy...
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Mark Chapman selected as GE2015 Candidate for Vauxhall

The London branch of the Pirate Party have selected Mark Chapman to stand as the Pirate candidate in the Vauxhall Constituency at the forthcoming General Election in 2015. Having introduced Pirate politics to Lambeth for the first time at the May 2014 elections by standing in the Vassall ward, Mark is seeking to build on the 1.4% share of the vote he received then. A local School Governor, member of his local residents association and father of 2 small boys Mark has lived in the Vauxhall Cons...
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