‘I didn’t intend to compare my dad to Jimmy Savile’ says son of former MP David Atkinson

CONCERNS: Anthony Atkinson with his mother Sue

MP David Atkinson

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THE son of former Bournemouth East MP David Atkinson has said he did not intend to liken his father to Jimmy Savile.

But Anthony Atkinson said his father had been involved with “some very suspect characters” and that the family had taken their concerns about his behaviour to Labour MP Tom Watson.

Claims about the private life of the former Conservative MP, who died in 2012, were aired by Anthony Atkinson and his mother Sue in national papers at the weekend.

The Daily Telegraph’s headline ran: “‘My father was a sexual predator like Jimmy Savile’ says son of former Tory MP”.

Anthony Atkinson told the Daily Echo he had not likened his father’s behaviour to Savile’s offences but that the MP’s sexual activities were “predatory and prolific”.

Anthony Atkinson, who insisted neither he nor his mother had been paid for their stories, issued a statement saying: “The reaction of local people who knew my father is completely understandable. He kept so many aspects of his life secret, even from his own family. We have been shocked at the things we have discovered and are in disbelief at the implications that this may have.”

The family had known about the MP’s affairs with other men but said they discovered more about his secret life when they obtained his papers after his death.

They met with Labour MP Tom Watson in November 2012, after the MP called for an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse at Westminster. Anthony Atkinson said: “Shortly after, my family began working with an investigator, looking into my father’s contacts and background.

“It soon became clear that, sadly, a man whom we loved very much had secretly become involved with some very suspect characters.

“He also became involved with young men from very vulnerable backgrounds.”

But Anthony Atkinson told the Echo he had no evidence of his father having sex with anyone who was underage or who did not consent.

The family also spoke to officers in the Operation Fernbridge inquiry, but no action was taken.

The statement added: “The family would again like to make it very clear: My father served the constituency of Bournemouth East fantastically.

“He was an excellent constituency MP.

“We would never want to do anything to take away the many good things he has done for people locally, nationally and internationally.”

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6:53am Wed 23 Jul 14

wool525 says...

so why tell a story about your dad now? are you proud he went with men? or just your face in the paper?
so why tell a story about your dad now? are you proud he went with men? or just your face in the paper? wool525
  • Score: 21

7:23am Wed 23 Jul 14

we-shall-see says...

This is entirely as I though on the last article about this family - the ex-wife and son have become bitter and twisted. End of.

How sad that two grown people cannot get on with their own lives and leave the dead in peace. There is no evidence of ANY wrong doing, yet they slander his name all over the press, both local and national, in a means to blacken his character with sordid tales and bitter insinuations ......... but only serving to blacken their own in my opinion.

Just pathetic!!
This is entirely as I though on the last article about this family - the ex-wife and son have become bitter and twisted. End of. How sad that two grown people cannot get on with their own lives and leave the dead in peace. There is no evidence of ANY wrong doing, yet they slander his name all over the press, both local and national, in a means to blacken his character with sordid tales and bitter insinuations ......... but only serving to blacken their own in my opinion. Just pathetic!! we-shall-see
  • Score: 14

7:58am Wed 23 Jul 14

jpm2067 says...

Didn't say this, didn't say that....well there would've been an easy way to avoid any doubt on what you did or didn't say....you should have stayed tight lipped! What a waste of time.....
Didn't say this, didn't say that....well there would've been an easy way to avoid any doubt on what you did or didn't say....you should have stayed tight lipped! What a waste of time..... jpm2067
  • Score: 13

8:02am Wed 23 Jul 14

muscliffman says...

we-shall-see wrote:
This is entirely as I though on the last article about this family - the ex-wife and son have become bitter and twisted. End of.

How sad that two grown people cannot get on with their own lives and leave the dead in peace. There is no evidence of ANY wrong doing, yet they slander his name all over the press, both local and national, in a means to blacken his character with sordid tales and bitter insinuations ......... but only serving to blacken their own in my opinion.

Just pathetic!!
"No evidence of ANY wrongdoing"

Really?
[quote][p][bold]we-shall-see[/bold] wrote: This is entirely as I though on the last article about this family - the ex-wife and son have become bitter and twisted. End of. How sad that two grown people cannot get on with their own lives and leave the dead in peace. There is no evidence of ANY wrong doing, yet they slander his name all over the press, both local and national, in a means to blacken his character with sordid tales and bitter insinuations ......... but only serving to blacken their own in my opinion. Just pathetic!![/p][/quote]"No evidence of ANY wrongdoing" Really? muscliffman
  • Score: 8

8:12am Wed 23 Jul 14

FerryFan says...

Think it will be difficult for anyone to be compared with, Savile. Savile is in a league of his own, easy to say one cannot be compared to him!!
Think it will be difficult for anyone to be compared with, Savile. Savile is in a league of his own, easy to say one cannot be compared to him!! FerryFan
  • Score: 5

8:34am Wed 23 Jul 14

60plus says...

They should have kept their mouths shut and let the dead rest in peace.
They should have kept their mouths shut and let the dead rest in peace. 60plus
  • Score: 10

9:10am Wed 23 Jul 14

bosco1 says...

What do they feel they have gained by bringing up there fathers/Husbands past life now that he is dead.My mind tells me that it could be two things or both. 1 They are very bitter and nasty & 2 Get in the News and make some money...Even though they deny receiving payment.!! ?
What do they feel they have gained by bringing up there fathers/Husbands past life now that he is dead.My mind tells me that it could be two things or both. 1 They are very bitter and nasty & 2 Get in the News and make some money...Even though they deny receiving payment.!! ? bosco1
  • Score: 9

9:11am Wed 23 Jul 14

whataboutthat says...

There is more to this story but we will have to wait some time.
There is more to this story but we will have to wait some time. whataboutthat
  • Score: 6

9:15am Wed 23 Jul 14

muscliffman says...

60plus wrote:
They should have kept their mouths shut and let the dead rest in peace.
So presumably you mean we should stop investigating Jimmy Saville, Cyril Smith etc, and all of their direct or indirect victims should also have 'kept their mouths shut'?

There may well be victims of predatory sexual activity in this case, as his son says "He (allegedly) also became involved with young men from very vulnerable backgrounds". But let's forget all about them and keep that complete illusion of a wholesome faithful family MP he created to fool you all alive - and at any cost.

I don't think so.
[quote][p][bold]60plus[/bold] wrote: They should have kept their mouths shut and let the dead rest in peace.[/p][/quote]So presumably you mean we should stop investigating Jimmy Saville, Cyril Smith etc, and all of their direct or indirect victims should also have 'kept their mouths shut'? There may well be victims of predatory sexual activity in this case, as his son says "He (allegedly) also became involved with young men from very vulnerable backgrounds". But let's forget all about them and keep that complete illusion of a wholesome faithful family MP he created to fool you all alive - and at any cost. I don't think so. muscliffman
  • Score: 5

9:20am Wed 23 Jul 14

John T says...

60plus wrote:
They should have kept their mouths shut and let the dead rest in peace.
Just like Jimmy Savile's relatives.

Oh, and yes, Echo Editorial Staff, I did intend to make that comparison!
[quote][p][bold]60plus[/bold] wrote: They should have kept their mouths shut and let the dead rest in peace.[/p][/quote]Just like Jimmy Savile's relatives. Oh, and yes, Echo Editorial Staff, I did intend to make that comparison! John T
  • Score: 8

9:56am Wed 23 Jul 14

Tig says...

whataboutthat wrote:
There is more to this story but we will have to wait some time.
Indeed there is.....
[quote][p][bold]whataboutthat[/bold] wrote: There is more to this story but we will have to wait some time.[/p][/quote]Indeed there is..... Tig
  • Score: 7

10:10am Wed 23 Jul 14

Glashen says...

muscliffman wrote:
60plus wrote:
They should have kept their mouths shut and let the dead rest in peace.
So presumably you mean we should stop investigating Jimmy Saville, Cyril Smith etc, and all of their direct or indirect victims should also have 'kept their mouths shut'?

There may well be victims of predatory sexual activity in this case, as his son says "He (allegedly) also became involved with young men from very vulnerable backgrounds". But let's forget all about them and keep that complete illusion of a wholesome faithful family MP he created to fool you all alive - and at any cost.

I don't think so.
"Predatory sexual behaviour" is an interesting phrase, it certainly goes on, and 30 years ago for many it was the norm, however in itself it isn't illegal, reprehensible in an ideal world maybe but many men (and probably women too) do regard the "chase" as part of the fun. Of course it could step over the line, much of the Nigel Evans (Deputy speaker) seemed to be whether his behavior did, the jury concluded it didn't
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Now in his absence David Atkinson his being tried as to whether his did I have said on the other thread his hiding of his homosexuality makes it easy to smear and maybe his behaviour would not meet our new squeaky clean standards but I have still heard no hard evidence of under age sex or non consensual behaviour concerning David Atkinson so I will continue to assume his innocence which everyone is entitled to until shown otherwise.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]60plus[/bold] wrote: They should have kept their mouths shut and let the dead rest in peace.[/p][/quote]So presumably you mean we should stop investigating Jimmy Saville, Cyril Smith etc, and all of their direct or indirect victims should also have 'kept their mouths shut'? There may well be victims of predatory sexual activity in this case, as his son says "He (allegedly) also became involved with young men from very vulnerable backgrounds". But let's forget all about them and keep that complete illusion of a wholesome faithful family MP he created to fool you all alive - and at any cost. I don't think so.[/p][/quote]"Predatory sexual behaviour" is an interesting phrase, it certainly goes on, and 30 years ago for many it was the norm, however in itself it isn't illegal, reprehensible in an ideal world maybe but many men (and probably women too) do regard the "chase" as part of the fun. Of course it could step over the line, much of the Nigel Evans (Deputy speaker) seemed to be whether his behavior did, the jury concluded it didn't - Now in his absence David Atkinson his being tried as to whether his did I have said on the other thread his hiding of his homosexuality makes it easy to smear and maybe his behaviour would not meet our new squeaky clean standards but I have still heard no hard evidence of under age sex or non consensual behaviour concerning David Atkinson so I will continue to assume his innocence which everyone is entitled to until shown otherwise. Glashen
  • Score: -4

10:59am Wed 23 Jul 14

In Absentia says...

This whole story is very strange. Having used an investigator to research his father's background, there appears to be no evidence of criminality and the Police don't seem interested. Yet, he uses the words 'prolific and predatory' to describe his father, which will of course make people conclude that his father was behaving in a similar way to the likes of Savile and Smith. Neither the Telegraph or the Echo seem to have asked the son what the real motivation is behind these revelations.

For example, is there some family dispute over money or inheritance ? Let's have some investigative journalism please.
This whole story is very strange. Having used an investigator to research his father's background, there appears to be no evidence of criminality and the Police don't seem interested. Yet, he uses the words 'prolific and predatory' to describe his father, which will of course make people conclude that his father was behaving in a similar way to the likes of Savile and Smith. Neither the Telegraph or the Echo seem to have asked the son what the real motivation is behind these revelations. For example, is there some family dispute over money or inheritance ? Let's have some investigative journalism please. In Absentia
  • Score: 3

11:48am Wed 23 Jul 14

whataboutthat says...

In Absentia concluded:
'Let's have some investigative journalism please.'
Splutter, cough, cough, splutter, Echo, splutter?!
(will be deleted in approx 30 mins).
In Absentia concluded: 'Let's have some investigative journalism please.' Splutter, cough, cough, splutter, Echo, splutter?! (will be deleted in approx 30 mins). whataboutthat
  • Score: 9

1:23pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Wageslave says...

Keep your dirty linen to yourselves, why wash it in public now
Keep your dirty linen to yourselves, why wash it in public now Wageslave
  • Score: 0

11:37pm Wed 23 Jul 14

whataboutthat says...

Wageslave wrote:
Keep your dirty linen to yourselves, why wash it in public now
Because it's dirty and needs washing...
[quote][p][bold]Wageslave[/bold] wrote: Keep your dirty linen to yourselves, why wash it in public now[/p][/quote]Because it's dirty and needs washing... whataboutthat
  • Score: 3

10:39am Thu 24 Jul 14

Harpenter says...

I too find this story very strange and there's definitely more to it ... Maybe the family HAD to go the press before someone else did? I'm sure this story could of rustled up a fair bit of money for a strapped for cash opportunist...
I too find this story very strange and there's definitely more to it ... Maybe the family HAD to go the press before someone else did? I'm sure this story could of rustled up a fair bit of money for a strapped for cash opportunist... Harpenter
  • Score: -2

9:32am Fri 25 Jul 14

The Infamous Greg says...

There is absolutely no suggestion that David had sex with underage persons. Presumably David never abused his son. So what's the fuss about? What David's ex-wife and son describe as "predatory" could be the fact that he was a charismatic man who was good at seducing. So where's the harm in that? There is something nasty about an ex-wife and son who gather a dossier of a gay man's former lovers and hand a list of names to the police. It also puts the police in a difficult position: Do they really want to keep lists of names of gay politicians, gay celebrities and "vulnerable" gay people? What kind of fascism is that? The police are required to retain this information on a "just in case" basis, but I really thought in this day and age it was unnecessary and potentially dangerous. Perhaps this is really about a "woman scorned" who wants vengeance. My advice to anyone who knows the former Mrs. Atkinson is that she may be untrustworthy as a friend and incapable of keeping her mouth shut about your most intimate and private affairs. Maybe she and her son are best avoided.
There is absolutely no suggestion that David had sex with underage persons. Presumably David never abused his son. So what's the fuss about? What David's ex-wife and son describe as "predatory" could be the fact that he was a charismatic man who was good at seducing. So where's the harm in that? There is something nasty about an ex-wife and son who gather a dossier of a gay man's former lovers and hand a list of names to the police. It also puts the police in a difficult position: Do they really want to keep lists of names of gay politicians, gay celebrities and "vulnerable" gay people? What kind of fascism is that? The police are required to retain this information on a "just in case" basis, but I really thought in this day and age it was unnecessary and potentially dangerous. Perhaps this is really about a "woman scorned" who wants vengeance. My advice to anyone who knows the former Mrs. Atkinson is that she may be untrustworthy as a friend and incapable of keeping her mouth shut about your most intimate and private affairs. Maybe she and her son are best avoided. The Infamous Greg
  • Score: -1

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