Alan Craig is a Christian family man and political
campaigner who for three decades has lived, worked and campaigned in London’s
East End, first in the tough white working-class dockside community of Canning
Town and for the past ten years in the Muslim-majority area of Forest Gate.
He is University and Business School-educated. By age
30 when he became a Christian, Alan was chief executive of RFD Group, a
Stock-Exchange-quoted company which he led into a period of, first, turn-round
from large losses, then growth and international expansion.
He moved to the East End in his late thirties. He
founded and for a decade was live-in warden of an after-care hostel for young
offenders after their release from prison. Subsequently he became director of
the Mayflower, a church and community centre in Canning Town (then, officially,
the most deprived neighbourhood in the country) founded by former England
cricket captain and Bishop of Liverpool David Sheppard.
In 1999 Alan jointly set up the small Christian
Peoples Alliance political party. In 2002 he was elected as the first
non-Labour councillor for dockside Canning Town since 1912 and the sole
Opposition councillor on Newham Council. In 2008 he ran for Mayor of London on
‘The Christian Choice’ ticket.
He led the successful campaign against the proposed
45,000-capacity London Olympic mega-mosque at West Ham. This resulted in
high-profile appearances on national and international media and a death threat
from a Muslim mosque supporter.
Alan joined UKIP in September 2014 and stood for the
party in the 2015 and 2017 general elections.
He is political adviser to Christian cross-bench peer,
Baroness Caroline Cox.
He became a trustee of Revelation Foundation in 2016.
Alan is happily married to Sally and has two
mid-twenties step-sons and two mid-teen daughters. He swims regularly, sings in
a Christian choir, walks the dog and enjoys a pint.