Michael Portillo is guest at Grantham church to raise money for Spire Appeal

Michael Portillo
Michael Portillo

The Friends of St Wulfram’s Church are presenting “An Evening with Michael Portillo” next month.

The event will take place on Wednesday, June 12, at 7.30pm in the Grantham church and raise funds for the Spire Appeal.

There will be an interval with wine followed by a question and answer session with the former MP and Government minister. Tickets cost £12.50 from the parish office, the Journal office, Yorkshire Bank or by calling 01476 562204. The evening will finish at 9.30pm.

There are also a limited number of tickets at £37.50 to include a meet and greet from 6.30pm at the King’s Old School available by calling the above mumber.

Portillo’s story encompasses his time in politics and broadcasting as well as his writing career. Having worked for the Conservative Party and for government ministers between 1976 and 1983, he entered the House of Commons in 1984. He was a minister for 11 years and held three positions in the Cabinet, including Secretary of State for Defence.

After losing his seat in the 1997 election, he returned to the Commons between 2000 and 2005 as shadow Chancellor. He unsuccessfully contested the leadership of the party in 2001, coming third behind Iain Duncan Smith and Kenneth Clarke.

Since leaving politics, he has devoted himself to writing and broadcasting. He is a regular on both BBC1’s This Week and Radio 4’s The Moral Maze. He has made radio and television documentaries on a wide range of subjects, including five series of Great British Railway Journeys and Continental Railway Journeys for BBC2.