David Atkinson

Media release

Monday, 23 January, 2012


Tobias Ellwood 
Member of Parliament for Bournemouth East


House of Commons, London SW1A AA

BECA, Haviland Road West, Bournemouth BH1 4JW


Press Release


                         For Immediate Release 12:00hrs 23 Jan 20012




Subject:         Death of David Atkinson – Former MP Bournemouth East



It is with great sadness to learn this morning of the death of David Atkinson the former Member of Parliament for Bournemouth East who died from cancer yesterday afternoon.


David, who always referred to himself as a former car salesman, entered Parliament at a by-election and represented Bournemouth East from November 1977 until April 2005.  Before his Parliamentary career David was a Director of Chalkwell Motor Co Ltd his family business and was the National Chairman of the Young Conservatives.


Tobias said “David had an enormous zest for life; always full of energy and ideas. Despite retiring from politics in 2005 he remained active within the local Conservative Party and was extremely generous in his support to me quickly turning into a close friend and mentor, always on hand to answer any questions and offer advice. He never failed to point me in the right direction and I will much miss his wisdom and experience.


In Parliament he will be remembered for his service to the Council of Europe where he played a pivotal role during the nineties in encouraging the former Soviet bloc countries integrate with the West. He will also be remembered for being the first to publically air concerns about the millennium bug.


He will be missed, not just by those involved in politics but by the whole community.


Councillor Bob Lawton, Chairman of Bournemouth East Conservative Association said “David remained a keen member of the Association after standing down from Parliament.  He was the guest speaker at the Association Christmas Lunch in December last year and will much missed by his many the many friends he made within the party.  We are proud to have had David as our MP where he served all the people of the Constituency with integrity and enthusiasm.  Our sympathies are extended to his family.  Only last week at a Conservative Group meeting it was agreed to propose to the full council that David be awarded the freedom of the Borough”.