VIDEO: Michael Portillo in Southport February 1st, 2015 admin Latest celebs Latest News Shares Comments Michael Portillo in Southport British journalist and broadcaster Michael Portillo was at ‘The Atkinson’ Southport on Sunday afternoon 1st February 2015 promoting his latest books. Michael did a Q&A session in front of a packed house and signed copies of his books in the foyer. All of Michael’s books can be purchased from Broadhursts Book Sellers on Market Street, Southport. Pictured above with Michael are Julie & Ashley from Broadhursts Book Sellers. Above: Michaels books ‘Bradshaws’ Above: Michael meets former Duke Street grave digger ‘Robert’ Michael Portillo is a British journalist, broadcaster, and former Conservative Party politician and Cabinet Minister. He is best known for his BBC series ‘Great British Railway Journeys’ About: Michael Portillo was born in North London in 1953. His father, Luis, had come to Britain as a refugee at the end of the Spanish Civil War, and his mother, Cora, was brought up in Fife. She met Luis while she was an undergraduate at Oxford. Michael attended a grammar school, Harrow County, and went to Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he gained a first class degree in History. He left Cambridge in 1975, and for a year worked for a shipping company. He moved to the Conservative Research Department in 1976, where he spent three years. At the General Election in 1979 he was responsible for briefing Margaret Thatcher before her press conferences. For the next two years he was special adviser to the Secretary of State for Energy. He worked for Kerr McGee Oil (UK) Ltd from 1981 – 1983. He contested the Birmingham Perry Bar seat at the 1983 Election. Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07581350321 or 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Instagram www.instagram.com/otsnews Related Comments comments!