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David Atkinson, British politician, MP for Bournemouth East (1977–2005), died from bowel cancer he was 71

David Anthony Atkinson was Conservative British Member of Parliament for Bournemouth East from a 1977 by-election until he stepped down at the 2005 general election died from bowel cancer he was 71..

(24 March 1940 – 23 January 2012)

Early life

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

Atkinson was National Chairman of the Young Conservatives from 1970 until 1971. He contested Newham North West 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

Atkinson married Susan Pilsworth in 1968. They had a son and a
daughter. David entered into a civil partnership in 2011, and is
survived by Robert Reid.


In 2011, Atkinson underwent an operation after he was diagnosed with bowel cancer. He died on 23 January 2012 at the age of 71.[1]

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