Andrew Charalambous - April 2015
|Born||Andrew Lambrou Charalambous
London, United Kingdom
Charalambous posted credentials from the London International College on his website, indicating he held a Doctorate in Business Administration, as well as a Doctorate in Byzantine Theology and a Professorship at the Universitas Sancti Cyrilli. London International College is primarily a language school that graduates students through "accredited American and British Universities" but it is not itself accredited by the British Council, and the Malta-based Universitas Sancti Cyrilli is not a University and does not award academic degrees.
In October 2014, The Times newspaper reported that Charalambous falsely claimed to hold a "PhD in the parallels between Plato’s Utopia and Spartan Society" on his Facebook page as well as claiming to be a "professor of environmental sciences" on his official website. It was also reported that shortly after the revelations, claims that Charalambous was a qualified Barrister-at-Law were removed from his official website. In response, Charalambous made a statement via his official website, refuting claims made in The Times' article and displaying his academic certificates. These included a different Doctorate in Business Administration certificate from the since discredited University of Northern Virginia.
Charalambous made a career in business as a property developer and private landlord. The Daily Telegraph newspaper poked fun at him for falling out with his bank for allegedly taking homeless people off the streets of Covent Garden in London and putting them in his properties. It was also pointed out in the Sunday Mirror that housing in his property portfolio had been rented out to immigrant tenants, despite the fact that UKIP leader Nigel Farage was calling for greater controls on immigration. Following Freedom of Information requests in 2015, Charalambous was shown to be among the biggest landlord recipients of housing benefit, having received £826,395 in the last tax year.
In the 1992 general election, Charalambous stood for the Conservatives in Tottenham as the youngest candidate of any main party in the General Election. Charalambous had been a member of and financial donor to the Conservative Party and was a founder of Conservative Friends of Cyprus and the Conservative Climate Campaign. He stood twice for the Conservative Party as a parliamentary candidate in local elections and twice in general elections; his most recent attempt in Edmonton in 2010, where he came second.
In early 2011, Charalambous switched from the Conservative Party to UKIP on the basis that the Conservative coalition government had failed to deliver on the UK-EU referendum, had not taken a sufficiently strong stand on immigration, and was cutting healthcare services. He is currently UKIP's housing spokesperson. In 2011, he represented UKIP in the Feltham and Heston by-election, where he came fourth.
Andrew Charalambous is currently UKIP’s Housing and Environment Spokesman.
Also known as 'Dr Earth', Charalambous opened a nightclub in 2008 called Surya, styled as the 'world's first ever ecological club'. One of the main features was a piezoelectric dance floor that attempted to harness energy through human movement. The Economist noted that despite Surya's claims, a Dutch company "unveiled plans for a disco with a piezoelectric dancefloor, waterless urinals and bio-beer back in 2006". Charalambous also launched Club4Climate, an 'eco-night' initiative designed to get young people involved in tackling environmental issues. Club4Climate was criticised by Friends of the Earth over an event it promoted in Ibiza; Friends of the Earth stated: "Telling people they can save the world by flying to an island to party is a green con. Club4Climate is misleading people by using our logo and our name..." Charalambous responded: "Our philosophy is about millions of people making a small change to their lifestyles. You aren't going to save the planet by telling them to ride bikes..."
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