Andrew Charalambous

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Andrew Charalambous
Andrew Charalambous by Paul Edwards April 8th 2015
Andrew Charalambous - April 2015
Born Andrew Lambrou Charalambous
London, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Website www.andrewcharalambous.com

Andrew Lambrou Charalambous is a British businessman. He is also Housing and Environment Spokesman for the United Kingdom Independence Party.[1][2]

Life[edit]

His Greek Cypriot father served as a soldier for the British in World War II and later settled in the United Kingdom.[3] He went to William Forster School in Tottenham.[4]

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.[5] 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,[6][7] and the Malta-based Universitas Sancti Cyrilli is not a University and does not award academic degrees.[8]

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.[8] 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.[9][10]

Career[edit]

Charalambous made a career in business as a property developer and private landlord.[3] 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.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13]

Political activities[edit]

In the 1992 general election, Charalambous stood for the Conservatives in Tottenham as the youngest candidate of any main party in the General Election.[14] 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.[15][16] 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.[3]

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.[15] He is currently UKIP's housing spokesperson.[3] In 2011, he represented UKIP in the Feltham and Heston by-election, where he came fourth.[17]

In the 2015 post election challenge to Nigel Farage's leadership of the party, Charalambous emerged as a Farage loyalist.[18][19]

Andrew Charalambous is currently UKIP’s Housing and Environment Spokesman.[2]

Environmental efforts[edit]

Also known as 'Dr Earth',[3][20] Charalambous opened a nightclub in 2008 called Surya, styled as the 'world's first ever ecological club'.[3] One of the main features was a piezoelectric dance floor that attempted to harness energy through human movement.[21] 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".[22] Charalambous also launched Club4Climate, an 'eco-night' initiative designed to get young people involved in tackling environmental issues.[23] 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..."[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UKIP Leading the Housing Debate". UKIP.org. Retrieved 2015-08-05. 
  2. ^ a b "What UKIP and the Green Party's Manifestos Say About Planning, Development and Housing 2015". NJLConsulting.co.uk. 2015-04-27. Retrieved 2015-08-05. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Introducing Dr Earth | Analysis". Inside Housing. 2013-06-21. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  4. ^ Hastings, Rob (2010-05-06). "Can Dr Earth save the planet, and win Edmonton? - UK Politics - UK". The Independent. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  5. ^ "Andrew Charalambous – Doctorate in Business Administration". Archived from the original on 26 Mar 2015. Retrieved 26 Mar 2015. 
  6. ^ "London International College". Compare the Course. Retrieved 6 January 2016. 
  7. ^ "Accredited Centres". United Kingdom's international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. 
  8. ^ a b Fisher, Lucy (October 15, 2014). "Exposed: fake doctorate of Ukip 'professor'". The Times. 
  9. ^ "Andrew Charalambous – Doctorate in Business Administration". AndrewCharalambous.com. Retrieved 2015-08-06. 
  10. ^ Haniffa, Aziz. "India has enough safeguards to keep away sham US colleges". Rediff.com. Rediff News. Retrieved 22 February 2016. 
  11. ^ Goodley, Simon (6 Mar 2008). "Charity doesn't begin at the bank". The Daily Telegraph. 
  12. ^ Sommerlad, Nick (2014-02-22). "UKIP housing spokesman trousering a fortune renting to migrants on benefits despite party's policies - Mirror Online". Mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  13. ^ Dugan, Emily (2015-04-27). "£827,000: What Ukip's housing spokesman was paid in housing benefit as a private landlord". Mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-04-27. 
  14. ^ "Tottenham: Constituency | Politics". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  15. ^ a b Pierce, Andrew. "Why ARE so many Tories turning to UKIP? | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  16. ^ Oliver Marre. "Oliver Marre: Pendennis | From the Observer | The Observer". Theguardian.com. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  17. ^ "Declaration of result of poll - Feltham and Heston parliamentary constituency" (PDF). Hounslow.gov.uk. 2011-12-15. Retrieved 2015-08-06. 
  18. ^ Andrew Charalambous tweet 15th May 2015
  19. ^ Andrew Charalambous tweet 16th May 2015
  20. ^ a b Saturday 6 September 2008 (2008-09-06). "Green guru to the stars falls out with Friends of the Earth". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  21. ^ Sean Michaels (2008-07-10). "World's first eco-club hits London | Music". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  22. ^ Stay informed today and every day (2008-07-21). "Green.view: Can green be groovy?". The Economist. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  23. ^ "Surya – A Club 4 Climate". Bodoplanet.com. Retrieved 2014-06-13.