David Atkinson (politician)
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|Member of Parliament
for Bournemouth East
24 November 1977 – 5 May 2005
|Preceded by||John Cordle|
|Succeeded by||Tobias Ellwood|
24 March 1940|
|Died||23 January 2012(aged 71)|
|Spouse(s)||Sue Pilsworth (1968-1992,div.)
Robert Reid (2011-2012, his death)
Born in Westcliff-on-Sea, Atkinson attended St George's College, Weybridge and Southend College of Technology. He later went to the College of Automobile and Aeronautical Engineering in Chelsea where he gained a Diploma in Automobile Engineering and Motor Trade Management. From 1963-72, he was Director of Chalkwell Motor Co. Ltd in Leigh-on-Sea, and from 1973-77 he worked for David Graham Studios Ltd in printing, marketing, artwork and design.
Atkinson was national chairman of the Young Conservatives from 1970 until 1971. He contested the Newham North West constituency in February 1974 and Basildon in October 1974. He was an active MP and supported local causes such as AFC Bournemouth during their financial troubles.
Atkinson married Susan Pilsworth in 1968. They had a son and a daughter. He came out as gay and entered into a civil partnership in 2011. His son has accused him of being a sexual predator.
In 2011, Atkinson underwent an operation after he was diagnosed with bowel cancer. He died on 23 January 2012 at the age of 71.
- 'My father was a sexual predator like Jimmy Savile’ says son of former Tory MP
- Slade, Darren (23 January 2012). "Former Bournemouth East MP David Atkinson dies". Bournemouth Daily Echo.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by David Atkinson
- They Work For You - David Atkinson
- Ask Aristotle
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Bournemouth East