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as having "behaved towards Scotland with all the sensitivity of a sex-starved boa constrictor" (a remark immediately withdrawn, as is the custom in the Commons).
- Times Guide to the House of Commons, 1987 and 1992 editions
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Allen Adams
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