Exclusive: UKIP’s new Families and Children spokesman has claimed gay parenting ‘damages’ children

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UKIP has appointed a controversial activist, who claims same-sex parents “damage” children and describes LGBT-inclusive education as “child abuse”, to serve as the party’s Spokesman on Children and Families.

Alan Craig was appointed this week to serve as Families and Children spokesman for the troubled UK Independence Party, which is believed to be close to financial collapse following an exodus of members and donors.

Interim party leader Gerard Batten, who replaced Henry Bolton as leader following a racism scandal, today gave the senior role to Mr Craig, who has a long history of extreme views on LGBT rights and has strongly criticised gay parenting in the past.

In a post on his ‘Alan’s Angle’ blog in 2016, Mr Craig wrote: “Following Brexit… I’d like to see the gay marriage debate reopened.

“There is now credible peer-reviewed evidence that same-sex parenting is damaging to children compared with that of still-married heterosexual biological parents.

“There is credible evidence too that sexuality is fluid, orientation is not fixed from birth and therefore people are not necessarily ‘born gay’ – the claim that was the central plank of gay marriage campaigners’ platform.”

Mr Craig added: “In the light of this and for the sake of our children, I personally reckon we should resurrect the gay marriage debate and consider repealing the same sex marriage Act.”

He is a strong opponent of children being taught about LGBT issues, claiming it is “tantamount to child abuse”.

Craig added: “Recently we have seen that drag queens are now being invited into nurseries to give transgender lessons to toddlers. And a government-funded LGBT organisation is avidly promoting colourful cartoon books for nurseries that provoke three year olds to question their gender.”

He has also claimed that “transgenderism” is a “delusion”.

Mr Craig, who has repeatedly referred to the LGBT lobby as the ‘Gaystapo’, came under scrutiny during the 2015 election when it emerged he had ties to ‘gay cure’ practitioners.

PinkNews broke the news that Mr Craig was set to speak at the ‘Transformation Potential’ event for people trying to cure “unwanted same-sex attraction”, hosted by the Core Issues Trust.

Mr Craig, who at the time was UKIP’s prospective Parliamentary candidate for Brent North, dropped out of the event following the PinkNews report. He denies supporting gay cure therapy, but continues to hold anti-LGBT beliefs.

The UKIP official is a former leader of the fringe Christian Peoples Alliance, has repeatedly referred to LGBT people evoking Nazi imagery.

Alan Craig

In a 2011 blog he wrote: “[The] Gaystapo are now on a roll.

“Their gay-rights storm troopers take no prisoners as they annex our wider culture, and hotel owners and registrars, magistrates, doctors, counsellors and foster parents, grandparents, adoption agencies and traditional street preachers find themselves crushed under the pink jack-boot.

“Thanks especially to the green light from a permissive New Labour government, the gay Wehrmacht is on its long march through the institutions and has already occupied the Sudetenland social uplands of the Home Office, the educational establishment, the politically-correct police, and the Guardianista management of the BBC”

Even in more recent entries he has made shocking comments that do not conform to UKIP’s public stance.

In another entry penned last month he wrote: “The language of morality, virtue-signalling and political correctness is one of the weapons the Left uses to shut down opponents and capture our culture.

“If you opposed David Cameron’s 2013 same-sex marriage legislation, gay activist leaders Ben Summerskill or Peter Tatchell could smear you as a homophobic bigot and you’d find yourself ejected from the media mainstream and excluded from polite metropolitan society.

“At the same time the elite – Conservative’s Cameron, Labour’s Ed Miliband and LibDem’s Nick Clegg, Gramsci’s ‘progressive’ grandchildren and lemming leaders of the political class – could link arms politically and celebrate together the destruction of faithful marriage as understood in these islands for over a thousand years.

He added: “What’s to be done? There is here a great opportunity for UKIP to do again what it does best: ignore the demands of political correctness, stop worrying about tomorrow’s headlines, confront the political establishment head-on and insist on pushing a vital but avoided social issue onto the national political agenda whether the old parties like it or not.

“We did it courageously with Brexit and uncontrolled immigration. We stood boldly alone over grammar schools and gay marriage.

“For the sake of our children let alone the cost to the tax-payer, we should repeat this by tackling the crisis of family breakdown and promoting the traditional stable family. In fact we should become the Party of the Family.”