Alan Craig is a Christian campaigner, grassroots activist, social conservative and advocate of justice and fairness for the vulnerable and marginalised. He is pro-family and pro-life and has for many years enjoyed serving his deprived and diverse local community in Newham in London’s East End, where the indigenous white population is now just 17% of the total and where he and his wife Sally live and are bringing up their young family. In a new move and based on this extensive grassroots experience, since 2010 he has been promoting Christian and democratic values across a wider arena outside Newham.
Alan was educated at Newcastle University and Manchester Business School. During his 20s he rose to become the Porsche-driving chief executive of an international group of manufacturing companies employing 2,500 people. Aged 30, he converted to Christianity. A few years later he left business management, moved to the East End of London and for some years was live-in warden of an after-care home for young offenders on their release from prison.
Subsequently between 1995 and 2004 he was director of the Mayflower Family Centre in Canning Town, then the country’s most deprived neighbourhood according to the London Research Centre. He was elected Christian Peoples Alliance councillor for the Canning Town area of Newham in May 2002, becoming the sole opposition member on the Council and facing 59 Labour councillors and a Labour executive Mayor. He was re-elected in 2006 together with two other CPA councillors and became Leader of the Opposition. He was also Leader of the Christian Peoples Alliance nationally and in May 2008 he stood for Mayor of London on the Christian Choice ticket.
His campaigning on Newham issues such as the brutal top-down Canning Town housing regeneration scheme, the Council’s attempts to wreck the local community’s Queens Market, the obscene huge Stratford casino, the controversial Excel Arms Fair in Docklands and the socially divisive mega-mosque at West Ham, drew the attention of the London, national and occasionally international media.
Since losing his council seat in May 2010, Alan has been free to pursue his interests outside Newham for the first time. He now works part-time in the parliamentary office of a cross-bench Peer in the House of Lords; has escalated his robust seven-year campaign against the mega-mosque and in favour of a wider community use for the site (the latest plans for the mega-mosque were at last and unanimously rejected by the local planning authority and the Mayor of London in December 2012, but are subject to appeal in June 2014); is actively involved in a campaign against BPAS’s latest abortion centre in east London; and has engaged in exposing the intolerant illiberal nature of much gay politics and the socially destructive consequences of the gay political agenda (he was nominated for the bigoted Stonewall Bigot of the Year award in November 2012).
He is also actively concerned about the intensifying persecution of Christian believers around the world, and in this context has visited Nigeria and Pakistan. In 2011 he co-founded LoveJos to help draw attention to the suffering of both Christians and other minorities in northern and middle-belt Nigeria. In January 2014 he started working part-time for a humanitarian aid and advocacy charity with local partners in Africa and Asia.