Irene Adams, Baroness Adams of Craigielea

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Katherine Patricia Irene Adams, Baroness Adams of Craigielea (born 27 December 1947) is a Scottish Labour Party peer, who served as Member of Parliament in the constituency of Paisley North from 1990 to 2005.


Early life

She was educated at Stanley Green High School (became part of Gleniffer High School in 1988) in Paisley. In 1970 she was on Paisley Town Council and by 1972 was appointed Justice of the Peace. In 1974 she became a councillor in her local Renfrew District Council and in 1979 went on to Strathclyde Regional Council (succeeding her husband, Allen Adams).

Parliamentary career

Allen Adams was previously MP for Paisley North, and for the earlier seat of Paisley from 1979 until his death in 1990, whereupon Irene (who had served as his secretary during his time as MP) won the subsequent by-election. While she had a record of loyalty to the party, she was seen as clearly on its left wing, and as one of the more pro-devolution Scottish Labour members.

Her constituency was absorbed into that of Paisley and Renfrewshire North and she was persuaded stand down with the promise of a peerage in order to allow sitting West Renfrewshire MP Jim Sheridan to be selected to fight in the May 2005 election.

On 13 May 2005 it was announced that she would be created a life peer, and was created Baroness Adams of Craigielea, of Craigielea in Renfrewshire, on 28 June.[1]

Personal life

Lady Adams of Craigielea is widowed and has one son and two daughters. She married Allen Adams on 24 February 1968.


  •  ? birth-1968[citation needed]
  • Irene Adams JP (1972–1990)
  • Irene Adams MP (1990–2005)
  • The Rt. Hon. The Baroness Adams of Craigielea (2005–)


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