Lloyds Bank is delighted to announce its support of the latest ‘Sporting & Dining Club’ event at the Jersey Opera House, with guest speaker ex Conservative MP turned broadcaster, Michael Portillo, on the 23rd October 2013.
Mr Portillo has a wide and varied political career which began after he spent three years working at the Conservative Research Department. During the 1979 General Election he was responsible for briefing Margaret Thatcher for press conferences and spent the next two years as special adviser to the Secretary of State for Energy. After a short break from politics to work for an oil company, Michael returned as a special adviser to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1984 and won the by-election for Enfield Southgate and represented the seat for 13 years.
He was a whip, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Social Security, Minister of State for Transport, and Minister of State for Local Government and Inner Cities. As a Minister he was Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Secretary of State for Employment, and Secretary of State for Defence. He was admitted to the Privy Council in 1992 and was MP for Kensington and Chelsea until May 2005.
Michael remains in the public eye through his media work. He enjoys presenting television programmes, radio broadcasting and writing. He has written about walking as a pilgrim on the Santiago Way and on working as a hospital porter. He has a weekly column in The Scotsman. He had a series for Channel 4 entitled Portillo’s Progress and a highly-acclaimed programme in BBC2′s Great Railway Journeys series. In its most recent series, Michael ventured onto the European rail network to retrace journeys featured in Bradshaw’s Continental Railway Guide of 1913, beginning with London to Monte Carlo.
He has presented radio programmes on Wagner, the Spanish Civil War and also a programme on Elizabeth I, as part of the BBC’s very successful Great Britons series. TV viewers saw him take on the role of a single mother in Wallasey, including caring for her children and working in both her part-time jobs.
Michael Portillo is a member of the International Commission on Missing Persons in the former Yugoslavia (which organises the identification of massacre victims) under the Chairmanship of Bob Dole. He also serves on the advisory council of the Institute for International Studies at Stanford, California, USA.
Tim Cooke, Islands Director of Lloyds said: ‘Lloyds is delighted to be supporting this ‘Sporting & Dining Club’ event. Michael Portillo is an accomplished and renowned speaker and we will all be interested to hear more about his time in Westminster and new projects he is currently working on. It will be a memorable event and I am very much looking forward to it.’
Organiser, John Wannenburgh said: ‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank Lloyds for its support of this event with Michael Portillo. I am very excited to be bringing such a well-known and respected speaker to Jersey who I know will be very popular. Planning has already started for the next event and more details will be announced later in the year.
Tickets are available from the Jersey Opera House box office (Tel 01534 511115) or online at http://www.jerseyoperahouse.co.uk/show/an-evening-with-michael-portillo/.’