Michael Portillo

Speakers

Background – From son of a refugee to First Class Cambridge Graduate

Michael Portillo was born in North London in 1953.  His father, Luis, had come to Britain as a refugee at the end of the Spanish Civil War, and his mother, Cora, was from Fife.  She met Luis while she was an undergraduate at Oxford.

Portillo studied at Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he gained a first class degree in History.

 

Career – A Politician in the making

Portillo left Cambridge in 1975, and for a year worked for a shipping company.  He moved to the Conservative Research Department in 1976, where he spent three years.  At the General Election in 1979 he was responsible for briefing Margaret Thatcher before her press conferences.  For the next two years he was special adviser to the Secretary of State for Energy.

He worked for Kerr McGee Oil (UK) Ltd from 1981 - 1983.  He contested the Birmingham Perry Bar seat at the 1983 Election.

 

Hitting The Political ‘Big Time’

Portillo won the 1984 by-election in Enfield Southgate, caused by the murder of Sir Anthony Berry MP in the Brighton bombing.  He represented the seat for thirteen years but was defeated in the 1997 Election.

Enquire about booking Michael Portillo

  • Your enquiry has been successfully sent
Call the Booking Hotline 0121 323 2200

More Speakers

  • Jonathan Edwards' extraordinary achievements on the track have earned him a place in history as one of the Wor...

  • Record breaking English Rugby Union Player

  • His irrepressible humour, his infectious enthusiasm and his immediately engaging personality have made him the...

  • Charismatic English Footballer

  • Graham Poll is the best known and most experienced English football referee of all time.

  • An English boxing legend.

  • Former England and British Lions Rugby Player.

  • Alan Hansen is one of the UK's most famous domestic players of all time and a fantastic pundit on BBC televisi...

  • Graeme Le Saux is a strong corporate motivational speaker on ‘The Business of Football’. H...

  • Liverpool goalkeeper who was their most colourful character on and off the pitch.

  • Andy joined the infantry in 1976 as a boy soldier. In 1984 he was badged as a member of 22 SAS Regiment.

  • Across the world, Sir Geoff Hurst certainly needs no introduction. He is a sporting legend...

  • Having conquered the sea, sailing single-handed around the world in record time, Ellen has earned the nation's...

  • Former England cricketer and after dinner speaker Geoff Miller spent twenty years on the p...

  • In 1966 he became presenter of ‘Sport on 2’ which he hosted for six years until the advent...

  • Tufnell took more than 1,000 first class wickets in the English game, a feat only achieved in the modern era b...

  • The most capped English cricketer of all time.

  • Gary Lineker is an accomplished TV Presenter and Awards Host. He retired from international football with 80 c...

  • Known as Britain's greatest living explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes is a legend of our time and an inspirational...

  • One of footballs greatest players who went on to manage England.

  • Ex Cricketer now famous around the world from BBC's Test Match Special

  • Sally Gunnell OBE holds a place in the hearts of the nation as the most popular female spo...

  • Karren replaced Margaret Mountford as Lord Alan Sugar's assistant in the sixth series of The Apprentice, and h...

  • World Cup Winning Coach of the England Rugby Team 2003.

  • To millions around the world 'Blowers' is one of the best known voices on TMS

  • English Cricketing Legend

  • Four times Olympic gold medallist Sir Matthew Pinsent is one of Great Britain’s most successful and highest pr...

  • Retired English cricketer and Talk Sport Radio Presenter.

  • Former England Rugby Union and British Lions Player.

  • Joe Simpson has drawn from his experiences as one of the world's most successful and respe...

  • With an entry in The Guinness Book of Records as the Youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest, Bear Grylls is on...

  • After dinner speaker, motivational speaker and awards host - was one of the best boxers of...

  • Multi award winning presenter, STEVE RIDER, is one of the most experienced sports presenters and journalists o...

  • Dame Kelly Holmes is one of Britain’s most recognisable and admired athletes.