Michael Portillo is to be the keynote speaker at Sourcing City Marketplace on the opening morning of 25th September 2013 at FIVE in Farnborough. Michael will be speaking on Are the Tories winning with the UK Economy?

Michael Portillo

Date: 25th September 2013

Time: 9.15am to 9.45am

Anyone who has watched Michael in his regular weekly guest slot on ‘This Week’ on BBC1, will know that his views are both powerful and insightful.

Alistair Mylchreest, CEO of Sourcing City said; “We are delighted that Michael is speaking for all of our guests and supplier hosts at Sourcing City Marketplace. I am confident that he will not only be entertaining, but more importantly, teach us all something that can benefit our own businesses.”

The Right Honourable Michael Portillo

Michael attended Harrow County grammar school and Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he read history. He entered the House of Commons in 1984. He was a conservative minister for eleven years and had three positions in the Cabinet, including Secretary of State for Defence. He lost his seat at the 1997 election, and began to develop a career in the media. He returned to the Commons between 2000 and 2005, was shadow Chancellor, and contested the leadership of the party in 2001, unsuccessfully.

Since leaving politics, he has devoted himself to writing and broadcasting. He is a regular on both BBC 1’s sardonic political “This Week” programme 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 (and recently Continental) Railway Journeys” for BBC2.

In 2008 he chaired the judges of the Man Booker prize, and chaired the Art Fund prize for museums and galleries in 2011.