David Atkinson (politician)

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David Atkinson
Member of Parliament
for Bournemouth East
In office
24 November 1977 – 5 May 2005
Preceded by John Cordle
Succeeded by Tobias Ellwood
Personal details
Born (1940-03-24)24 March 1940
Died 23 January 2012(2012-01-23) (aged 71)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Sue Pilsworth (1968-1992,div.)
Robert Reid (2011-2012, his death)
Children Anthony
Religion Roman Catholicism

David Anthony Atkinson (24 March 1940 – 23 January 2012) was Conservative British Member of Parliament for Bournemouth East from a 1977 by-election until he stepped down at the 2005 general election.

Early life[edit]

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.

Parliamentary career[edit]

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.

Personal life[edit]

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.[1]


In 2011, Atkinson underwent an operation after he was diagnosed with bowel cancer. He died on 23 January 2012 at the age of 71.[2]


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Cordle
Member of Parliament for Bournemouth East
Succeeded by
Tobias Ellwood