My 19 years in politics’

PUBLISHED: 16:42 08 June 2006 | UPDATED: 14:44 12 May 2010

MICHAEL PORTILLO

MICHAEL PORTILLO

MICHAEL Portillo will be talking about his life and times at the Cambridge Arts Theatre tomorrow evening (Friday). An Audience With Michael Portillo will see the former Conservative MP and Cabinet Minister talk about his 19-year career in politics – and l

MICHAEL Portillo will be talking about his life and times at the Cambridge Arts Theatre tomorrow evening (Friday).

An Audience With Michael Portillo will see the former Conservative MP and Cabinet Minister talk about his 19-year career in politics - and life after Westminster.

Portillo was first elected to Parliament in 1984 when he won Enfield Southgate.

But in 1997 he was the most siginificant victim of the Labour landslide when he lost the seat.

It was then that he turned to journalism and began writing for The Scotsman and created a three-part political series for Channel 4, Portillo's Progress.

He was re-elected to the Commons in a by-election in Kensington and Chelsea in 1999 and later became the Shadow Chancellor.

But in 2005 he left the Commons and returned to journalism and made several television programmes.

He became, too, one of the resident politicians - alongside Labour MP Diane Abbott - on the BBC1 programme This Week.

More recently he has become a columnist on The Sunday Times and theatre critic for the New Statesman.

An Audience With Portillo will start at 7.45pm.

For tickets costing between £10-£20 call the Box Office on 01223 503333.


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