Alan Craig

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Alan Craig
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Leader of The Christian Peoples Alliance
In office
2004–2012
Preceded by Michael Elmer
Succeeded by Sidney Cordle
Councillor for the London Borough of Newham
In office
2 May 2002 – 6 May 2010
Personal details
Nationality British
Political party Christian Peoples Alliance (2004-13)
UK Independence Party
(2014-)
Spouse(s) Sally
Religion Christian
Website http://www.alansangle.com/

Alexander Alan Craig is a British political campaigner who was leader of the Christian Peoples Alliance from 2004 to 2013. He stood as a candidate for Mayor of London in 2008 and was a councillor in the London Borough of Newham for eight years.

Craig was Director of the Mayflower Centre in Canning Town between 1995 and 2004.

Political career[edit]

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.[1]

He was elected to Newham Council for Canning Town South in the 2002 local elections becoming the only opposition councillor.[2] 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.[3]

He stood in the elections for directly elected mayor of Newham in 2002, 2006[4] and 2010, coming fourth each time.

He became leader of the Christian Peoples Alliance in 2004 and led the party in the 2005 general election.[5][6]

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.[7][8] He also opposed the opening of one of the regional casinos in Newham,[9] campaigned to end the DESO-funded arms fair[10] and played a leading role in the campaign to save the Queens Road Market.[11]

In 2011 he was criticised[12] for referring to the "Gaystapo" of "gay-rights storm troopers".[13] In 2013 Craig became the spokesperson for a new group called 'Gay Marriage No Thanks'.[14] In July 2009, Craig described the Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Revd Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, as 'saintly' and honorable for stating that homosexuals should "repent and be changed". [15]

Craig is on the Council of the Movement for Christian Democracy, the Canning Town Partnership Board and the Council for Racial Equality in Newham.[16]

On 7 October 2014, it was announced that Craig had applied to join UKIP.[17] In the 2015 general election he was the UKIP candidate for Brent North[18] but lost his deposit.[19]

Candidate for London Mayor[edit]

In 2008 Craig stood for London Mayor 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%),[20] finishing sixth in the first round of voting, and being eliminated for the second.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Muir, Hugh (2001-03-28). "Labour's fortress threatened by a Christian soldier.". The Evening Standard. 
  2. ^ Graves, David (2002-03-05). "Hospital protesters win control of council". The Daily Telegraph. 
  3. ^ "Local Election Results 2010 - Canning Town South". Newham.gov.uk. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  4. ^ "Election results 4 May 2006". Newham.gov.uk. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  5. ^ Wheeler, Brian (2004-11-04). "Rousing the party faithful". BBC. 
  6. ^ Staff (25 April 2005). "Labour's fortress threatened by a Christian soldier.". BBC. 
  7. ^ Johnston, Pillip (2006-09-25). "The shadow cast by a mega-mosque". The Daily Telegraph. 
  8. ^ Allen, Nick (2006-10-30). "Olympic-Size London Mosque May Eclipse Landmarks". Bloomberg L.P. 
  9. ^ Saini, Angela (2007-02-01). "Say no to casino!". BBC London. BBC. Retrieved 2008-02-09. 
  10. ^ "Profile: Alan Craig". Archived from the original on 8 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-29. 
  11. ^ "Friend's of Queen's Market". Archived from the original on 7 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-29. 
  12. ^ "Anglican newspaper defends 'Gaystapo' article" The Guardian 8 November 2011
  13. ^ http://www.alansangle.com/?p=851
  14. ^ "New gay marriage no thanks group launches". Pinknews. 2013-06-17. 
  15. ^ http://www.alansangle.com/?p=194
  16. ^ Christians Peoples Alliance - People
  17. ^ Asa Bennett, "Ukip Defend Controversial Ex-Christian Party Leader Alan Craig Joining Party", Huffington Post UK
  18. ^ Statement of Persons Nominated, Brent North
  19. ^ Election result on Brent Council website
  20. ^ Mayoral Results
  21. ^ "Mosque critic brands himself the 'Christian choice' for mayor News". Thisislondon.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 

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