Michael Portillo Biography
Michael Portillo is a British journalist, broadcaster, and also former politician. He is known for his series such as Great British Railway Journeys and Great Continental Railway Journeys. He was a Conservative Party member who represented Enfield Southgate in Parliament.
Portillo has followed his media interests since leaving politics, hosting and participating in a variety of television and radio programs. In 2010, he began filming the BBC documentary series Great British Railway Journeys, in which he explores the British railway networks while referring to various editions of Bradshaw’s Guide.
Portillo stayed with Kerr-McGee after the election, although he also did a lot of media work, including programs for the BBC and Channel 4. “I had some homosexual experiences as a young guy,” Portillo revealed in a summer 1999 interview with The New York Times.
Despite Lord Tebbit accusing Portillo of lying about the extent of his sexual “deviance,” and similar accusations from an acquaintance included in a profile of Portillo in The Guardian newspaper, he was able to return to Parliament a few weeks after giving that interview.
Portillo was sent to the backbenches after Duncan Smith was elected leader. He voted in favor of the invasion of Iraq in March 2003. He rejected an offer of a Shadow Cabinet position from new Conservative leader Michael Howard in November 2003. In the 2005 general election, he did not run for re-election. His Conservative Party membership has subsequently lapsed.
Michael Portillo Age
Portillo is 70 years old as of 2023, he was born on May 26, 1953, in Bushey, Hertfordshire. He celebrates his birthday on the 26th of May every year.
Michael Portillo Height
Portillo stands at an average height of 5 feet 9 inches.
Michael Portillo Politics
Portillo entered the House of Commons in 1984 and served under Margaret Thatcher and John Major. He was considered a potential Conservative leader but did not run in 1995. A staunch Thatcherite and Eurosceptic, he advocated for clear distinctions between Conservatives and Labour as Defence Secretary.
In the 1997 election, he unexpectedly lost his Enfield Southgate seat, leading to the term “Portillo moment.” However, he returned as Shadow Chancellor after a by-election win in Kensington and Chelsea in 1999. In the 2001 leadership race, he finished third. After the 2005 election, he retired from both Parliament and active politics.
Michael Portillo Parents and Family
Portillo was born in Bushey, Hertfordshire, to a Scottish mother, Cora Waldegrave, and an exiled Spanish Republican father, Luis Gabriel Portillo. Portillo’s father, a devoted Catholic, was a member of left-wing parties in the 1930s and emigrated to England after Madrid fell to General Franco in 1939.
Michael Portillo Education
Portillo attended Stanburn Primary School in Stanmore, Greater London, and Harrow County School for Boys before winning a scholarship to Peterhouse College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a first-class degree in history. He had been a supporter of the Labour Party when he was in school.
Michael Portillo Wife
Portillo is married to his loving wife Carolyn Eadie. In their marriage, Portillo and his wife have been blessed with three wonderful children, a son, and two daughters.
Michael Portillo Net Worth
Portillo has an estimated net worth of $2 million as of 2023 from his career.
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