The Rt. Hon. Michael Portillo has enjoyed a high-profiled political career, established very quickly following his election to Parliament in 1984.
His first Ministerial post came in 1988 when he was appointed Minister of State for Transport. He was Minister of State for Local Government from 1990 to 1992. Following the Conservative victory at the 1992 General Election, he was appointed a Cabinet Minister and stayed within the Cabinet for the entire duration of the second Major Government.
He has held appointments as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Secretary of State for Employment and Secretary of State for Defence. He left Parliament in May 1997 and successfully cultivated a broadcasting career before returning to the House of Commons as the MP for Kensington & Chelsea.
In February 2000, he was appointed Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer by Conservative leader William Hague. He contested the leadership of the Conservative Party in the summer of 2001 before stepping down from front bench politics and is therefore available for corporate engagements.
A highly entertaining and engaging speaker, Michael Portillo delivers keynote conference presentations in addition to speaking at dinners and banquets as a more informal after-dinner speaker. He is a professional chairperson or host who is able to command attention and establish a good rapport with any audience. His particular areas of expertise include the Conservative Party, defence, economics, international affairs, and public finance.
He continues to be featured widely in the broadsheets and is a frequent commentator on current affairs and political issues on national television and radio.