22 days to go: Focus on Greenwich & Woolwich

Greenwich & Woolwich is one of the most socially and economically diverse areas in the country. Parts of the constituency, such as Blackheath, have very high average incomes. On the other hand, widespread poverty in some parts of Woolwich and Charlton have led to the borough being classified as the 6th most deprived in Britain.

Greenwich & Woolwich Conservatives recognise that the people of this part of London deserve better than the rotten deal they are getting from the current Government.

Under Labour, the local hospital, the Queen Elizabeth, is being forced to close wards and beds because of a shortage of cash. There is a glaring lack of decent primary care facilities across the borough. Alistair and his Conservative colleagues are working hard to bring the Labour council and the national government to account for this failure.

The same is true of the area’s education - Greenwich is now at the bottom of the London league table for GCSE results. Greenwich & Woolwich Conservatives are fighting to ensure that local children receive a better education.

Local Conservatives are also working hard to ensure that the residents of Greenwich & Woolwich get good value for their council tax money. Labour-controlled Greenwich Council has combined eye-watering council tax increases with profligate waste in many other parts of the budget.

The Conservative team on the council have argued for a more efficient allocation of council resources. Alistair intends to raise this issue with his Labour opponent, Nick Raynsford, the Local Government Minister, who has overall responsibility for council tax at a national level.

Alistair Craig - Conservative Candidate for Greenwich & Woolwich

Alistair was born in 1976 and lives with his girlfriend, Rachel. He is a Chartered Tax Adviser specialising in international corporate tax with a major accounting firm in the City of London. He was educated at Kilmarnock Academy, and Glasgow University, where he studied Law and French. Alistair also spent a year studying at Universite Robert Schumann in Strasbourg.

He has lived and worked in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Leeds and London during his career, which he believes has given him wide experience of the issues faced by people who live in our towns and cities. Alistair has spent the last 3 years living in South London (Greenwich, Clapham and Wimbledon). He is actively involved in the local community, including serving as a governor of a local authority primary school.

Alistair enjoys playing a number of sports, including golf, badminton and squash. Due to a self-acknowledged lack of prowess, he prefers to confine his love of rugby, football and cricket to being a spectator!

He has also travelled extensively in Europe (Alistair speaks French and German), and also more recently in the USA, Mexico and South Asia.

Alistair's Experience

Before becoming the Parliamentary Spokesman for Greenwich & Woolwich, Alistair was a branch chairman and member of the Association Executive of Wimbledon Conservative Association. Alistair has also been involved with a number of election campaigns over the past few years, ranging from his home town of Kilmarnock before the 1997 election to campaigns across London and the South-East in the more recent past.

He believes that ensuring our children and young people receive a decent education is vitally important to maintaining Britain's prosperity and future growth. Working as an LEA primary school governor has given him invaluable exposure to the issues facing the education sector today.

On a national political level, Alistair has also used his professional experience to write a pamphlet for the Centre for Policy Studies, entitled "EU Law or British Tax - which comes first?" pointing out the Government's failures to defend the integrity of British tax laws against challenges posed by the European Union. This generated extensive media interest from both television and national newspapers in 2003.