Michael Portillo

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Full name: Michael Denzil Xavier Portillo

Area of interest: Politics

Journals/Organisation: The Sunday Times

Email: michael@michaelportillo.co.uk

Personal website: http://www.michaelportillo.co.uk






About: A politician and Conservative cabinet minister, from 2002 onwards, Portillo developed an active career in media, both as a commentator on public affairs and as a writer and/or presenter of TV and radio documentaries. See Wikipedia media career. Official biography here

Education: Harrow County Grammar School; Peterhouse, Cambridge: History (first class)

Career: Shippng company, Ocean Transport and Trading Co.; Conservative Research Department CRD, 1976; after Conservative Party victory, 1979, government adviser; returned Kerr-McGee Oil, 1981/83; stood for Birmingham Perry Barrin seat, general election, 1983 (losing to Jeff Rooker); government special adviser (to Nigel Lawson); won Enfield Southgate by-election, December 1984 (incumbent, Sir Anthony Berry, killed by the IRA in the Brighton hotel bombing); Parliamentary Private Secretaryto John Moore and then an assistant whip; Under Secretary for Social Security, 1987; Minister of State for Transport, 1988; Local Government portfolio, 1990; Serving under John Major: Chief Secretary to the Treasury, 1992; Secretary of State for Employment, 1994; Secretary of State for Defence, 1995/97); lost the Enfield Southgate seat to Stephen Twigg, general election, 1997; returned to advise Kerr McGee; began a media career: a weekly column in The Scotsman; a series for Channel 4, Portillo's Progress; programme in BBC2’s Great Railway Journeys series - partly a biography of his late father; radio programmes on wagner and the Spanish Civil War; re-elected to Parliament as MP for Kensington and Chelsea, November 1999; Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, February 2000/September 2001; unsuccessfully contested the leadership of the party after the Conservative election defeat of 2001; left the House of Commons, 2005; continues his media career

Current position/role: previously a Sunday Times' Columnist; Co-host on BBC's This Week politics programme

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Viewpoints/Insight: Farewell politics, hello celebrity, Michael White, The Guardian, 2003; The transformation of Michael Portillo: Less power - but a lot more fun, interview with Ian Burrell, The Independent, 2006

Broadcast media:

Video: BBC4 discussion programme, Dinner with Portillo, since 2002 - now in fifth series (2007); See Michael Portillo.co.uk: Broadcast / documentaries clips; See IMDb




Other: His wife Carolyn is a chartered accountant - for the last fifteen years has been a 'headhunter' with Spencer Stuart Associates

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Speaking/Appearances: Michael Portillo.co.uk: Forthcoming events; The Lonon Speaker Bureau; The Edge

Current debate:forthcoming events

The Sunday Times:

Column name:

Remit/Info: Politics

Section: Features

Role: Commentator


Email: michael.portillo@sunday-times.co.uk

Website: TimesOnline

Commissioning editor:

Day published: Sunday

Regularity: Weekly

Column format:

Average length: 1300 words


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