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, on a swing of 15%.
At 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, giving him a majority of 18%.
His son was the judge and Privy Councillor Fenton Atkinson.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Cyril Atkinson
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