Candidates & Parties
Profile: Alan Craig
Councillor Alan Craig is the mayoral candidate on a joint ticket for both the Christian Peoples Alliance and the Christian Party. Mr Craig is currently the leader of the Christian Peoples Alliance Group on Newham Council.
Alan Craig studied for an MBA and was the chief executive of a group of international manufacturing companies before he converted to Christianity in his late 20s.
He then decided to leave business management and moved to the East End of London, where he committed himself to running a care home for young offenders on their release from prison.
He has now spent the past 25 years living and working on social justice projects in one of the most deprived neighbourhoods in the capital, Canning Town.
Alan Craig was elected as a councillor to Newham Council in 2002, where he has fought against issues such as the proposed London Casino planned for Newham, the Excel arms fair, imposed regeneration, post office closures and the proposal of the Labour Council to 'develop' Green Street Market with a supermarket, against local wishes.
As well as being the mayoral candidate for the Christian Alliance and the Christian Party, Mr Craig will also be the first candidate for the London Assembly party list.
The campaign will have five key commitments:
Speaking at his campaign launch in West Ham near the site of the proposed mega-mosque in West Ham, Mr Craig said:
"Londoners are right to be proud of our diverse and multi-ethnic capital where openness and tolerance are vital for our thriving world-class city. This proposed national landmark mosque stands for separateness and secrecy and against social cohesion. It will do London no good."
"The Mayor’s equalities mask is slipping and his political faith-bias is showing. The aim of my campaign will be to unite Londoners around a more optimistic and positive approach, rooted in the Christian ethic of love for our neighbour."
last updated: 20/05/2008 at 12:34