Michael Portillo

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Michael Portillo

British journalist, broadcaster, and former Conservative Party politician and Cabinet Minister add

Category: Literature

Born in 1953.

Countries: United Kingdom (80%), United States (7%), (4%)

Main connections: Enfield Southgate (UK Parliament constituency), BBC, Secretary of State for Defence

Linked to: Enfield Southgate, Secretary of State for Defence, Conservative Party, Kerr-McGee




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Michael Portillo was born in 1953 add something


An early brush with fame came in 1961 at the age of 8, when Portillo starred in a television advertisement for Ribena, a blackcurrant cordial drink add something


Portillo graduated in 1975 with a first-class degree in history, and after a brief stint with Ocean Transport and Trading Co., a freight firm, he joined the Conservative Research Department in 1976 add something


Following the Conservative victory in 1979 he became a government adviser add something


Photographs and film coverage of Portillo's speech after the count have become iconic in symbolising the end of the period of Conservative government which had begun under Margaret Thatcher in 1979 add something


He left to work for Kerr-McGee Oil from 1981–1983 and fought his first, unsuccessful, election in the 1983 general election, in the Labour-held seat of Birmingham Perry Barr, losing against Jeff Rooker add something


Portillo has been married to Carolyn Eadie since 1982 add something


Portillo was first elected to the House of Commons in a by-election in 1984; a strong admirer of Margaret Thatcher, and a Eurosceptic, Portillo served as a junior minister under both Thatcher and John Major, before entering the cabinet in 1992 add something


Portillo returned to advisory work for the government and in December 1984 he stood for and won the Enfield Southgate by-election following the murder of the incumbent, Sir Anthony Berry, in the bombing by the IRA of the Grand Hotel in Brighton add something


John Leslie Marshall - He lost to Michael Portillo in the selection for the Enfield Southgate byelection in 1984, but was later selected for Hendon South in the London Borough of Barnet and became Member of Parliament for that seat at the 1987 general election


Enfield Southgate (UK Parliament constituency) - Its best-known representative was Michael Portillo, a television documentary and travel presenter who appears on This Week facing Alan Johnson and served the area 1984-1997


Constitutional Movement - The Nationalist Party made its last appearance in a 1984 by-election in the Southgate constituency, with James Kershaw polling only 80 votes in a seat won by Michael Portillo


In 1987 he was made under secretary for social security, in 1988 he was given his first ministerial post as Minister of State for Transport add something


However, there followed an onslaught of attacks from the right-wing press , including veiled references to his previous homosexual experiences and to his equivocation at the time of Major's 1995 resignation add something


Seen as a likely challenger to Major during the 1995 Conservative leadership election, Portillo ultimately stayed loyal add something


Some saw the Defence Secretary post as a reward for his cautious loyalty to Major during the 1995 leadership challenge of John Redwood, following Major's "back me or sack me" resignation as party leader add something


Mark MacGregor - Staunch supporter of Michael Portillo, MacGregor was thought to be behind the decision to install extra phone lines in a house in Lord North Street in 1995, as a possible campaign HQ for Portillo when it appeared Major was on the point of being ousted by the right


Royal Grammar School Worcester - The science buildings were subsequently re-furbished in 1996 and thereafter re-opened by Michael Portillo


Portillo retained the Enfield Southgate seat until 1997 add something


Portillo unexpectedly lost his Enfield Southgate seat at the 1997 general election; political commentators widely believe that he would have been elected Conservative leader had he retained it add something


Portillo's loss of the Enfield Southgate seat in the 1997 general election to Stephen Twigg came as a shock to many politicians and commentators, and came to symbolise the extent of the Labour landslide victory add something


Jeremy Browne - Browne contested the Enfield Southgate parliamentary constituency at the 1997 general election, coming third, behind Labour's Stephen Twigg whose shock ousting of the Secretary of State for Defence Michael Portillo was a seminal moment in the election


Eric Forth - Forth had hoped to support Michael Portillo for the leadership of the Conservative Party, to follow Major, but Portillo famously lost his seat in the 1997 general election


Stephen Twigg - He came to national prominence in 1997 by winning the seat of then-Defence Secretary Michael Portillo


Liverpool West Derby (UK Parliament constituency) - Stephen Twigg ousted Michael Portillo in the normally right-leaning Enfield, Southgate and served it from 1997 until the 2005 election, briefly serving as schools minister before that election, which he lost, before five years later standing for this normally left-leaning seat in Liverpool


Enfield Southgate (UK Parliament constituency) - The seat gained national attention in the 1997 general election when Michael Portillo, Secretary of State for Defence was unexpectedly defeated on a massive swing


Since 1998, Portillo has been a Commissioner of the International Commission on Missing Persons add something


In an interview with "The Times" given in the summer of 1999, Portillo admitted that "I had some homosexual experiences as a young person add something


Returning to the Commons through a by-election in Kensington and Chelsea in 1999, Portillo rejoined the front bench as Shadow Chancellor, although his relationship with Conservative Leader William Hague was strained add something


Peregrine Worsthorne - Michael Portillo's admission of youthful same-sex relationships in 1999 caused Worsthorne to reminisce on his own experience while at Cambridge


Edward Young (courtier) - From 1999 to 2001 he was advisor to the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Michael Portillo and to the Leader of the Opposition, William Hague


Peter Hitchens - Hitchens challenged Michael Portillo for the Conservative Party nomination in the Kensington and Chelsea seat in 1999, accusing Portillo of "washy moderation"


On 1 February 2000, William Hague promoted Portillo to the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Chancellor add something


William Hague - Hague's authority was put in doubt with the promotion of Michael Portillo to the role of Shadow Chancellor in 2000


Following the 2001 general election Portillo contested the leadership of the party add something


Standing for the leadership of the party in 2001, Portillo came a narrow third place behind Iain Duncan Smith and Kenneth Clarke add something


Ann Widdecombe - In 2001, when Michael Portillo was running for leader of the Conservative Party, Widdecombe described him and his allies as "backbiters"


He chose to present Queen Elizabeth I for the BBC's series of "Great Britons" in 2002 add something


Since 2002, he has presented his own discussion series, "Dinner with Portillo", on BBC Four, in which political and social questions are explored by Portillo and his seven guests, over a four-course meal add something


In September 2002 Portillo became a non-executive director of the defence company BAE Systems plc add something


Since 2003, Portillo has appeared in the BBC weekly political discussion programme "This Week" with Andrew Neil and, until September 2010, Labour MP Diane Abbott add something


In March 2003, he voted in favour of the 2003 invasion of Iraq add something


In November 2003, having turned down an offer of a Shadow Cabinet post from the incoming Conservative leader Michael Howard, Portillo announced that he would not seek re-election and he left the House of Commons at the 2005 general election add something


Sheridan Morley - Then, after a short period at the "New Statesman", where he was replaced by Michael Portillo, he joined the "Daily Express" in 2004, where he remained until 2007


Portillo retired from the Commons at the 2005 general election, and has since pursued his media interests, presenting a wide range of television and radio programmes add something


He was a member of the board of the Kerr-McGee Corporation for a few months in 2006 add something


He stepped down from that position in March 2006 owing to potential conflicts of interest add something


As of 2007, in its fifth series, his guests had included Bianca Jagger, Grayson Perry, Francis Wheen, Seymour Hersh, PD James, Baroness Williams, George Galloway, Benazir Bhutto and Germaine Greer add something


In 2007, he participated in the BBC television project "The Verdict", serving, with other well-known figures, as a jury member hearing a fictional rape case add something


In 2008 Portillo made a documentary as part of the BBC "Headroom" campaign add something


Portillo was the Chairman of the committee choosing the 2008 Man Booker Prize add something


It was broadcast on BBC Two on 15 January 2008 add something


The programme was originally broadcast on Friday 7 November 2008 add something


Gerald Howarth - In a programme about the fall of Margaret Thatcher in 2008, Howarth told Michael Portillo that he was "gutted" when Thatcher resigned in November 1990, and that he "is, was, and always will be, devoted to her"


He has since made a second Horizon documentary, entitled "How Violent Are You-", which was broadcast on 12 May 2009 add something


Charles Clarke - Starting 14 October 2010, Clarke has occasionally joined Michael Portillo on the sofa at This Week as the guest political pundit following the departure of Diane Abbott to take up her post as Shadow Minister for Public Health


A second series was broadcast on BBC2 during 2011 and the third series began on the same channel in January 2012 add something


On 4 July 2011 it was announced that Portillo will chair a new £55m Arts Endowment Fund, to be supported by the Arts Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport add something


Applications are expected to begin in September 2011 add something


In September 2011 he presented a two-part series on BBC Radio 4 entitled "Capitalism on Trial" add something


The series has been broadcast in August 2012 on add something


A similar series shown in November and December 2012, "Great Continental Railway Journeys", follows Portillo around Europe add something


In 2014 as part of the BBC World War I commemorations Portillo presented "Railways of the Great War with Michael Portillo" over five nights 4 august 2014-8 August 2014 add something


In 2014 as part of the BBC World War I commemorations Portillo presented "Railways of the Great War with Michael Portillo" over five nights 4 August 2014-8 August 2014 add something


Kilwinning - In 2014, Michael Portillo visited the Ancient Society of Kilwinning Archers during a visit to Kilwinning on his Great British Railway Journeys TV series for the BBC


In summer 2016, he will present a new BBC travel documentary series, "Great American Railway Journeys", which sees him travelling across the United States by rail add something


Talking to Andrew Neil on "This Week" in May 2016 he gave his views on the effectiveness of David Cameron's government and its legislative plans as described in the Queen's speech; "After 23 years of careful thought about what they would like to do in power add something


$BBC Radio 4 - BBC Radio 4 website, accessed 19 October 2017 add something


A Channel 5 series, "Portillo's Hidden History of Britain", began broadcasting on 20 April 2018 add something


Steve Richards - In 2018, he presented another series of unscripted episodes for BBC Parliament, entitled "Reflections: The Prime Ministers We Never Had", which profiled Rab Butler, Denis Healey, Tony Benn, Roy Jenkins, Neil Kinnock, Michael Heseltine, Kenneth Clarke, Michael Portillo, and David Miliband and Ed Miliband