Allen Adams

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

Adams was born in Glasgow. He married Irene on 24 February 1968.[1]

Adams, a Strathclyde Regional Councillor, was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Paisley from 1979 to 1983, then for Paisley North from 1983 until his death in 1990 at the age of 44. 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as having "behaved towards Scotland with all the sensitivity of a sex-starved boa constrictor" (a remark immediately withdrawn, as is the custom in the Commons).[2]

In the by-election that followed his death, his widow, Irene Adams (who had succeeded him on the Strathclyde Council and served as his secretary while he was MP), was elected MP for Paisley North.

His Widow is now a Labour peer in the House of Lords.



  • Times Guide to the House of Commons, 1987 and 1992 editions

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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