Former public affairs chief Mark Adams gets seven years for rape
Written by Newson 17 January 2019 in
Adams previously launched a campaign calling for higher professional standards in lobbying.
Former Lansons head of public affairs and ethical lobbying campaigner Mark Adams was jailed for seven years for rape this week.
Adams was convicted for raping a woman in her 20s who had fallen asleep on his sofa in Blackheath, London, after he stayed up to watch the 2015 general election results.
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 then worked as an independent consultant and advised The Apprentice winner Michelle Dewberry as she attempted to become an MP.
Adams denied raping the woman but Woolwich Crown Court heard he had had "two to three whiskeys" before committing the attack the morning after the election.
Catherine Farrelly, for the prosecution, described him as “controlling”. Sentencing Adams, Judge Jonathan Mann QC told him: "This brings to an end your aspirations and political career."