|Leader of the Christian Peoples Alliance|
|Preceded by||Michael Elmer|
|Succeeded by||Sidney Cordle|
|Canning Town South Ward Councillor & Leader Of The Opposition On Newham Borough Council|
2 May 2002 – 6 May 2010
|Political party||Christian Peoples Alliance (2004-2013)|
UK Independence Party (2014-)
Alexander Alan Craig is a British political campaigner who was leader of the Christian Peoples Alliance from 2004 to 2012. He stood as a candidate for Mayor of London in 2008 and was a councillor in the London Borough of Newham for eight years. He joined UKIP in 2014 and has twice stood for the party.
Craig first stood for Newham Council in 1998 as a Christian Democrat candidate in Ordnance ward and in 2001 he stood in a by-election for Beckton ward.
He was elected to Newham Council for Canning Town South in the 2002 local elections becoming the only opposition councillor. In the 2006 elections he was re-elected with an increased majority as part of a group of three Christian Peoples Alliance councillors. However he lost his council seat in 2010.
In 2008 London mayoral election Craig stood as a "Christian Choice" candidate, representing the Christian Peoples Alliance and the Christian Party. He received 39,249 first choice votes (1.62%) and 80,140 second choice votes (4.00%), finishing sixth in the first round of voting, and being eliminated for the second.
Craig opposed the building of the London Markaz Mosque; he said that while he supports the right to worship, he had fears over the impact upon the community and on security. He also opposed the opening of one of the regional casinos in Newham, campaigned to end the DESO-funded arms fair and played a leading role in the campaign to save the Queens Road Market.
In 2011 he was criticised for referring to the "Gaystapo" of "gay-rights storm troopers" with "Nazi expansionist ambitions". In 2013 Craig became the spokesperson for a new group called 'Gay Marriage No Thanks'. In July 2009, Craig described the Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Revd Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, as 'saintly' and 'honourable' for stating that homosexuals should "repent and be changed". In 2013, he compared gay rights activists in the UK to Pakistani fundamentalists, claiming that 'away from the spotlight gay activists in the UK are as up for criminal violence as any turbaned Muslim militant'.
Membership of UKIP
His selection as UKIP candidate for South West constituency in the London Assembly election, 2016 prompted the resignation of the runner-up, LGBT activist and former parliamentary candidate, Richard Hendron, who described Craig as "a nasty, homophobic individual who is driven by hatred of the LGBT community". UKIP's deputy chairwoman, Suzanne Evans called for the removal of Craig for his "offensive" homophobic remarks; she went on to say he should be expelled from the party following Craig's comparison of some gay activists being like "Nazis". Craig was suspended as candidate, investigated, exonerated and reinstated by the party, while Evans herself was suspended from UKIP for 6 months. Craig came fifth in the election for the South West constituency, gaining 7% of the vote.
In March 2018 Craig was appointed UKIP's first Spokesperson for Families & Children.
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