Allen Adams

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Allender Steele Adams, known as Allen Adams, (16 February 1946 – 5 September 1990), was a British Labour politician.

Allen Adams
Member of Parliament
for Paisley
In office
3 May 1979 – 9 June 1983
Preceded byJohn Robertson
Succeeded byConstituency Abolished
Member of Parliament
for Paisley North
In office
9 June 1983 – 5 September 1990
Preceded byConstituency Created
Succeeded byIrene Adams
Personal details
Born(1946-02-16)16 February 1946
DiedSeptember 5, 1990(1990-09-05) (aged 44)
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Irene Adams (married 1968-1990)

Adams was born in Glasgow, and married Irene Adams on 24 February 1968.[1] He was elected as Strathclyde Regional Councillor for Paisley Craigielea in 1974,[2] a position he held until standing down due to his election as Member of Parliament (MP) for Paisley in 1979. He stood successfully for reelection to Paisley North in 1983 following boundary changes. He had served as Labour's Scottish whip whilst an MP. On 31 March 1988, he described Margaret Thatcher in the House of Commons as having "behaved towards Scotland with all the sensitivity of a sex-starved boa constrictor", a remark immediately withdrawn, as is the custom in the Commons.[3]

Adams died on 5 September 1990 at the age of 44 from a brain haemorrhage.[4] In the by-election that followed his death, his widow Irene Adams was elected MP for Paisley North.


  1. ^ "Announcements", The Daily Telegraph, 30 June 2005
  2. ^ J.M.Bochel; D.T.Denver. Scottish Regional and District Elections 1974 (PDF). Scottish Academic Press. p. 34.
  3. ^ Mr Allen Adams House of Commons, 31 March 1988 col. 1283 Given that once again this week the Prime Minister has behaved towards Scotland with all the sensitivity of a sex-starved boa constrictor
  4. ^ "Between jellies and a hard place". Herald Scotland. 13 November 1995.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Robertson
Member of Parliament for Paisley
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Paisley North
Succeeded by
Irene Adams