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Pirate Party UK
Leader Andrew Robinson
Founded 30 July 2009 (2009-07-30)[1]
Headquarters Internet[2]
Membership 500, as of September 28th, 2009 [3]
Ideology Freedom of Speech,
Copyright and Patent Reform
International affiliation PPInternational
European affiliation None
Official colours Turquoise
Politics of the United Kingdom
Political parties

Pirate Party UK (Often abbreviated PPUK; in Welsh Plaid Mor-leidr DU) is a political party in the United Kingdom[4]. Pirate Party UK aims are to bring about reform to Copyright and Patent laws, support privacy and reduced surveillance from the government and businesses, and guarantee genuine freedom of speech for everyone.[5][6]

Andrew Robinson is the current Party Leader, having been elected to the post via internal elections on the Pirate Party UK forum.

Due to the recent formation of the party, they have not yet been part of any election.



Following the success in the summer 2009 European Elections of the Swedish Pirate Party there was a sudden growth of Pirate Party organisations across Europe and elsewhere, notably in Germany and France. The formation of the Pirate Party in the UK followed shortly after the European Elections[7][8] and the Pirate Party UK was subsequently officially registered on 30th July 2009.[9][10][11]

In August, it was claimed that Pirate Party UK was undergoing rapid growth similar to one the Swedish Pirate Party had enjoyed in early 2009; as reports, "they had been flooded by enquiries [...] At its peak, [...] around 100 people an hour were signing up to become party members. [...] donations have been coming in so fast that PayPal were concerned we were a fraudulent site."[12]

On August 22, 2009, one of the Party Officers, John Mckeown, resigned from his post after he made a blog post that caused controversy and debate upon party policy; feeling that as he was elected prior to official formation of the party, when there were fewer members, he could not safely say he represents 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.

Core Policies

The Pirate Party UK has 3 core policies[14]:

  • An end to excessive surveillance, profiling, tracking and monitoring on individuals performed by Government and big businesses.
  • Ensuring that all members of society have real freedom of speech and real freedom to enjoy and participate in humanity's shared culture.
  • Reform copyright and patent law to legalise non-commercial file sharing and reduce the excessive length of copyright protection, and prevent patents being used to stifle innovation or manipulate prices.

During the initial formative weeks and months of the Pirate Party UK, there was a large number of individuals who - out of their initiative - 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[15].

Political Objectives

Despite the Swedish Pirate Party's recent European Election successes, it has been noted by Robinson that the Pirate Party UK's chances of getting a candidate elected to the UK parliament are "pretty much close to zero"[16], due to the use of the FPTP system for electing MPs to Parliament, but rather their immediate aim is to raise awareness amongst the voters and the politicians in the other political parties.


  1. ^ Barnett, Emma (2009-08-11). "Pirate Party UK now registered by the Electoral Commission". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2009-08-12.  
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  3. ^ "500th Member".  
  4. ^ Party Details from Electoral Commission
  5. ^ Pirate Party UK - website
  6. ^ Turton, Stuart (2009-08-12). "Q&A: Why the UK needs the Pirate Party". PC Pro. Retrieved 2009-08-12.  
  7. ^ Scott, Katie (8 June 2009). "Pirate Party wins European Parliament seat". Wired UK. Retrieved 2009-08-17.  
  8. ^ McCormick, Andrew (8 June 2009). "Pirate Bay fans get voice on copyright issues". Revolution magazine (Brand Republic). Retrieved 2009-08-17.  
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  10. ^ "Pirate Party launches UK poll bid". BBC News. 13 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-17.  
  11. ^ Harris, Mark (11 August 2009). "Pirate Party UK sets sail". TechRadar (Future plc). Retrieved 2009-08-17.  
  12. ^ Barnett, Emma (2009-08-13). "'Hundred people an hour' joining Pirate Party UK". Retrieved 2009-08-13.  
  13. ^ "rancidpunk resigns". 22 August 2009.  
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  16. ^ Turton, Stuart (12 August 2009). "Q&A: Why the UK needs the Pirate Party". PC Pro. Retrieved 2009-08-17.  

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