Cyril Atkinson

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Cyril Atkinson MP, 1926 portrait held by the National Portrait Gallery

Sir Cyril Atkinson (9 May 1874 – 29 January 1967) was a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom who served as Member of Parliament for Altrincham in Cheshire.

Political career[edit]

In 1924, he was chosen by Altrincham Unionists to be their parliamentary candidate for the seat they had lost to the Liberals in 1923. He did not have long to wait before an election, which he won;

General Election 1924: Altrincham[1]

Electorate 47,253

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Cyril Atkinson 24,439 61.0 +15.2
Liberal Robert Alstead 15,654 39.0 -15.2
Majority 8,785 22.0 30.4
Turnout 40,093 84.8 +8.2
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing +15.2

In the 1929 General Election, he again face Robert Alstead, the Liberal he had unseated in 1924. The Labour party chose to field a candidate for the first time since 1922, which made Atkinson's job of holding the seat easier;

General Election 1929: Altrincham[2]

Electorate 69,607

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Cyril Atkinson 28,512 50.7 -10.3
Liberal Robert Alstead 18,475 32.9 -6.1
Labour Alfred James Dobbs 9,242 16.4 n/a
Majority 10,037 17.8 -4.2
Turnout 56,229 80.8 -4.0
Unionist hold Swing -2.1
General election, 1931: Altrincham[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Cyril Atkinson (unopposed) n/a n/a
Conservative hold Swing N/A

In 1933 he resigned from the House of Commons on being appointed a High Court judge.

His son was the judge and Privy Councillor Fenton Atkinson.

References[edit]

  1. ^ British parliamentary election results 1918-1949, Craig, F. W. S.
  2. ^ British parliamentary election results 1918-1949, Craig, F. W. S.
  3. ^ British parliamentary election results 1918-1949, Craig, F. W. S.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Alstead
Member of Parliament for Altrincham
19241933
Succeeded by
Edward Grigg