Former 'ethical lobbying' champion Mark Adams accused of sexual assault
Adams used to argue that professional lobbying should always be conducted in 'a professional and ethical manner'.
The public affairs chief who once launched a campaign calling for higher professional standards in lobbying has been charged with sexually assaulting a barmaid.
Former Lansons head of public affairs Mark Adams has been accused of sexually touching a barmaid without her consent. The alleged assault took place on December 28 last year at a pub in Tenby, Pembrokeshire.
Adams appeared at Swansea crown court on Friday without legal representation and has not yet entered a plea.
Before entering the public affairs industry, Adams worked as a civil servant and served as private secretary to John Major and Tony Blair. He left Lansons in 2011 to set to his own agency, Foresight Consulting.
He then launched a campaign calling for higher professional standards in lobbying and invited fellow public affairs professionals to sign up a ‘lobbyists’ charter’. It stated: “Professional lobbying should be conducted at all times in a professional and ethical manner.”
The campaign was then quietly dropped after a few years of furious activity. Adams now works as an independent consultant and recently advised The Apprentice winner Michelle Dewberry as she attempted to become an MP.
According to The Times, Adams was released on bail to appear at a later date, with the condition that he must not visit Tenby. A separate charge of soliciting a different individual with a view to obtaining their services as a prostitute was dropped after an earlier appearance at a magistrates’ court.