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Elect Pirates to Europe

by Pirate Party UK category: Politics

“Don't forget to vote today! For real change #VotePirate and reboot European Democracy. http://thndr.it/1p64XTl

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Endet Mai 22, 8:30 VORMITTAGS BST

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This campaign ended on May 22 at 8AM

Elect Pirates to Europe

First on the Pirate Party North West list is Maria Aretoulaki. She runs her own IT consultancy as well as being a dubstep DJ and promoter. Born in Greece, Dr Aretoulaki speaks 4 languages and has lived in 3 different EU countries.

Next on the list are George Walkden, lecturer in linguistics at Manchester University and Pirate Party Manchester organiser and Europe spokesperson Jack Allnutt.

We are campaigning for the UK to be a part of positive change in the EU- for a more transparent and democratically accountable Europe, for a Europe that is right for all of us.

We have been calling for a referendum on Britain's EU membership since 2012, because we want people to have their say - and we will be campaigning to show that the UK is a vital part of the EU.

The Pirate Party movement currently has 2 MEPs from Sweden, lets see if we can increase that number.

This election will be hard, and no doubt dominated by the negative UKIP agenda. We are offering something really different - a vision for a  Britain really engaged internationally, but pushing for the fundamental change that Europe needs on all levels to make it really work. To make it truly democratic and a politics of the people.

The Tories simply  can't deliver the reform they promise, as they have isolated themselves.  They are the "Billy no-mates" of Europe. We can deliver real change, and stand up for the things we care about; digital rights, ending mass surveillance, access to health care, protecting whistleblowers, working towards a citizens' income.

At the moment, UK MEPs simply do not get the issues we are passionate about.  Let's change that, and give voters a real alternative.

"I'm excited about standing for this year's European Parliament Elections. Even as a 15-year-old in Greece I was thrilled by the opportunities of the EU, of being able to live and work wherever you wanted, following similar laws and regulations, and not having to have a particular nationality to do certain things.

I believe that I can contribute to the European Parliament my unique perspective of the person with practically 3 national identities (or a single merged European identity). I've got experience in both the idealistic world of academia and the hard world of business, with technical expertise that makes me understand what the issues are and how to address them.

We need to be defending freedoms in the EU like freedom of movement.  Immigration is one of Britain’s most emotive debate topics, but opinions seem rarely informed by evidence. Research proves migrant entrepreneurs are hugely productive net contributors to the UK economy. Entrepreneurial activity amongst the migrant community is double that of UK-born individuals. That benefits everyone. " - Lead NW Pirate Party Euro candidate Maria Aretoulaki 

 

"I will be pushing to raise awareness of the benefits of EU membership and debunk myths perpetuated by nationalist organisations.
My main aim is to address the democratic deficit within the EU and make sure that it acts in accordance with its own principle of subsidiarity: decisions should only be taken at a European level if it is most efficient and sensible to do so." - NW Pirate Party Euro Candidate George Walkden

"There's more to life than Nick v Nigel, thankfully.

It's possible to be a positive voice without being linked to the Tories. And it's possible to want change in the EU without throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

We want to see an end to mass surveillance. We want to see an end to treaties negotiated behind closed doors. We want to see digital rights and net neutrality protected. The best way to do this is to have a strong Pirate Party voice in the European Parliament." - The Pirate Party's Europe Spokesperson Jack Allnutt 

I'm really proud of the European Parliament candidates we have for  the North West.  Any one of them  would make a fantastic, knowledgeable  MEP, in my opinion.  - Party Leader - Loz Kaye 

For so many of us, it was the success of our sister party in Sweden in 2009 in the European Parliament which inspired us - that showed us there is a place for us that were feeling politically homeless. I know that Christian and Amelia have made a big impact in the European Parliament and are respected - even by those that don't really see things our way! I would love to be able to send representatives from Pirate Party UK to Brussels and Strasbourg.

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Pirate Party UK
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Like so many people, we're fed up with mainstream politics. We're ready to be the alternative. We stand for a society fit for the 21st century, a Britain where everyone can get their fair share. We believe in putting digital rights, personal freedoms and holding government to account at the heart of politics where they belong.

It's easy to feel powerless in the UK today, our society and culture is being divided up and parcelled out. Many find the online world is a place to reclaim some freedom. But here too, we are increasingly watched and restricted. We're here to say it doesn't have to be like that.

These days, if you stand up for equal access to medicines or for a free Internet you get called a Pirate. We believe that being a Pirate means that you are independent minded. And independent minded politics is what we need right now. Forget about right and left, it's what's right that matters.

We firmly believe how politics is done needs fundamental change- democracy is in danger with falling turnout. We are leading the way with our crowd-sourced manifesto, a process which involved thousands of people. We really do carry out one member, one vote.

The Pirate Party movement started in Sweden, standing up for Internet freedom and government transparency. Following the Swedish success in 2009's Euro elections the Pirate Party was set up in the UK in July of that year. Since then we have broadened out our policy, stood candidates in elections, taken part in demonstrations, spoken up in the media and not been afraid to cause controversy.

The Pirate Party is a democratic political party built on grass-roots support and the work of volunteers. We are activists who are standing for office, not identikit grey politicians. Day to day running of the party and campaigns is handled by the National Executive, there is an independent Board for oversight. Operations of the party include Press, the Social Media Team, the IT team and the Leader's Office. We are in the process of building up local presences with branches.

More than anything, we believe that for the country to change, for politics to change you have to be actively involved.

Outdated politics must change, and will change. The only question is when and who will change them. Join us, and help make this change happen now!

You might feel politically homeless right now. You might feel that nothing can change. You might think you're not a "politician". Join with us, with people from a wide range of backgrounds to make the real alternative.

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