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Pirate Party UK
Pirate Party UK
"Welsh: Plaid Môr-leidr DU
Leader Harley James Faggetter[1]
Chair of the Board "Adrian Farrel[2]
Founded 30 July 2009 (2009-07-30)[3]
Headquarters Unit 6941, PO Box 4336, Manchester, M61 0BW
Membership (2016) 500
"Ideology "Pirate politics
"Civil libertarianism
"Political position "Centre[4]
"Purple, "black and "white[5]

The Pirate Party UK (often abbreviated PPUK; in "Welsh: Plaid Môr-leidr DU) is a "political party in the "United Kingdom that defines itself as being a "radical centre party.[6] The Pirate Party's core policies are to bring about reform to copyright and patent laws, support privacy, reduce surveillance from government and businesses, and to guarantee genuine "freedom of speech for everyone.[7]

The party was established in July 2009. The first "leader of the party was Andrew Robinson, who stepped down in August 2010. "Laurence "Loz" Kaye was elected to replace him in September 2010, and served until after the "2015 general election, when he stepped down.[8] Following Kaye's resignation, a leadership election was held, with Cris Chesha being elected leader and David A Elston being elected the party's first deputy leader.[9]



Following "The Pirate Bay trial, a large surge in Pirate Party interest occurred around the world. After the success of the "Swedish Pirate Party in the summer "2009 European elections, there was a sudden growth of Pirate Party organisations across Europe (notably in Germany and France) and beyond. Forum membership soared. The official formation of the Pirate Party in the UK followed shortly after the European elections[10] and the Pirate Party UK was officially registered on 30 July 2009.[6][11] In August 2009, it was claimed that Pirate Party UK was undergoing rapid growth similar to one the Swedish Pirate Party had enjoyed in early 2009. It was reported that it had been flooded with enquiries and at its peak around 100 people an hour were signing up to become party members. Donations had been coming in so fast that "PayPal was concerned it was a fraudulent site.[12]

On 22 August 2009, one of the party officers, John McKeown, resigned from his post after he made a blog post that caused controversy and debate about party policy. He felt that as he was elected before the official formation of the party, when there were fewer members, he could not safely say he represented the majority view of the party.[13] In December 2009, the party voted to accept Peter Liddell as the new party treasurer, and John Barron was voted nominating officer, as well as ratifying several other positions within the party in November. On 23 January 2010, the party opened voting to its members for the internal party elections for NEC members. It was announced on 1 February 2010 that party members had voted to retain the current executive members.

On 30 March 2010, the party declared its intent to stand ten candidates across England and Scotland. However, to do so, further party funding would be required.[14] On 27 April 2010, the party announced that it had nine official candidates on the ballot papers, as Mark Sims had missed the deadline because of the "air travel disruption after the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption. Following the resignation of first party leader Andrew Robinson,[15] the composer and lecturer "Laurence "Loz" Kaye was elected as the new leader on 26 September 2010.[16] In a message sent to members, Kaye stated his key aim as "building the political structure of the party".[17] Previously, Kaye had been the election agent for candidate Tim Dobson who stood for Pirate Party UK in "Manchester Gorton.

Kaye stepped down as leader following the 2015 general election in May.[8] With the role of deputy leader also being vacant, George Walkden, the party's nominating officer, was approved by the board of governors to serve as an interim leader until the party elected a new leader.[18] Following the leadership election, Cris Chesha was elected leader of the party and David Elston was elected the first deputy leader. Six new governors were elected, with six governors being re-elected. Rebecca Rae was elected to the role of campaigns officer on the NEC.[9][19] On 18 June, "Andrew Norton stepped down as chair of the board, and was replaced by the deputy chair of the board, Andrew Robinson, the leader of the party from 2009 to 2010. On 29 July 2015, Will Tovey was elected as the next deputy chair of the board to replace Robinson. Will Tovey subsequently became chair of the board, and Adrian Farrel replaced him on 14 December 2016.[20] The party's extended period without an elected NEC caught the attention of larger media outlets in October 2016 where Kaye and Elston["who?] gave comment.[21]



The Pirate Party in the UK adopted a set of seven principles:[22]

  1. Our society is built upon the sharing of knowledge, ideas and culture. It is furthered by freedom of thought and expression, and protected by the rule of law. The Pirate Party exists to ensure the preservation and development of these foundations.
  2. Human dignity is inviolable. Each of us has a right to life and to live, to freedom of thought and self-determination, and to participate in society.
  3. Everyone is equal under the law. We all have a say in the structure and processes of governance and the right to know what is done on our behalf.
  4. Respect for our private and family life by government and society is fundamental and we all have freedom of choice in our associations and relationships.
  5. To be free to participate in society everyone must have access to justice, education and such services and infrastructure required for life within it.
  6. To ensure the security of our society it is the responsibility of the government to provide for its defence, the mechanisms of justice and such services and infrastructure required to meet its needs.
  7. We will act on the basis of evidence, with the consent of society through democracy, in the interests of all.

Core policies[edit]

During the initial formative weeks and months of the Pirate Party UK, a large number of individuals visited the party's online forum and suggested additional policies such as changes to the UK electoral system, the legalisation of cannabis and NHS reform. Subsequently, the forum's structure was changed in order to demarcate more clearly the party's own values from the various additional suggestions that have been independently put forward by individuals. The party leadership has clarified on the official party blog that the Pirate Party UK intends to remain strictly focused on its three core policies:[23]

  1. The reform of copyright and patent laws
  2. The protection of our right to privacy
  3. The protection of our right to freedom of speech

On 22 March 2010, the party announced its 2010 general election manifesto, which expanded on how the party intended to practically implement its core policies if elected.[24]

In the run-up to the "2015 general election, the Pirate Party "crowdsourced its "manifesto using "Reddit. The process ran until 21 March 2015.[25] The manifesto was agreed upon by all six candidates and incorporated ideas drawn from the crowd-sourced contributions. It retained the Pirate Party's three core policies as its focus but included a wide range of other issues.[26]

Political objectives[edit]

It has previously been noted by Robinson, the first Pirate Party UK leader, that the Pirate Party UK's chances of getting a candidate elected to the "UK parliament are "pretty much close to zero",[27] because of the "first past the post system for electing MPs to Parliament. Instead, its immediate aim is to raise awareness among voters and politicians in the other political parties.



Pirate Party UK's former leader "Loz Kaye
# Name Leadership began Leadership ended Notes
1 Andrew Robinson 30 July 2009 23 August 2010
Vacant 23 August 2010 27 September 2010
2 "Loz Kaye 27 September 2010 9 May 2015
3 George Walkden 9 May 2015 4 July 2015 Interim leader
4 Cris Chesha 4 July 2015 26 November 2015
Vacant 26 November 2015 10 February 2016
5 David A Elston 10 February 2016 19 February 2016 Acting leader
Vacant 19 February 2016 3 February 2017
5 David A Elston 3 February 2017 26 October 2017 Re-elected acting leader
6 Harley Faggetter 24 November 2017

Deputy Leadership[edit]

# Name Leadership began Leadership ended Notes
1 David A Elston 4 July 2015 19 February 2016
Vacant 19 February 2016 3 February 2017
1 David A Elston 3 February 2017[28] 26 October 2017 Re-elected
2 Mark Chapman 24 November 2017[28]


The Pirate Party UK has branches in many places around the United Kingdom. These include "London,[29] "York,[30] "Greater Manchester,[31] "Sheffield[32] and "Bury.[33]

Pirate Party Wales[edit]

Pirate Party Wales ("Welsh: Plaid Môr-leidr Cymru) is a branch of the Pirate Party UK that covers the entirety of Wales and was founded in 2014 by David Anthony Elston. Pirate Party Wales supports increased recognition of the "Welsh language, including reform of the "Welsh Language Act 1993 and free Welsh courses for all Welsh nationals. It also supports further "devolution to Wales and increased powers for the "Welsh Assembly.[34] The only candidate to have stood in Wales so far is Elston who stood in "Bridgend in the "2015 general election.[35]


Although no formal branch exists in Scotland, the Pirate Party UK contested the "2011 Scottish Parliament general election, standing eight candidates in "West of Scotland and "Glasgow regions.

International Affiliation[edit]

On 25 February 2015, the Pirate Party UK announced its withdrawal from its international affiliation, "Pirate Party International. This announcement, consolidated by a vote of the board, followed in the wake of "Pirate Party Australia's decision to leave earlier in the same month.[36]


Pirate Party UK's membership trend
Year Membership
2009 590
2010 457
2011 224
2012 748
2013 557
2014 689[37]
2015 766[37]
2016 500[38]

Election results[edit]

The Pirate Party UK contested its first election in 2010, standing nine candidates in the "2010 general election. The party also stood candidates in the "2011 Oldham East and Saddleworth and "2012 Manchester Central by-elections. The party also contested several "local government elections and the "2011 Scottish Parliament election. The party stood six candidates in the "2015 general election. In general elections, the party has never received more than one percent of the vote.

Year Candidates Votes Seats
"2010 9 1,340
0 / 650
"2015 6 1,130
0 / 650
"2017 10 2,321
0 / 650


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