Former politician Portillo will be all talk at North Tyneside venue

Michael Portillo
Michael Portillo

It will be good to talk for former politician Michael Portillo, now a TV presenter, at Playhouse Whitley Bay on Sunday, January 31.

The former cabinet minister will be at the Marine Avenue venue from 3pm to chat about his life to date and take part in a question-and-answer session.

Tickets to see the Hertfordshire-born 62-year-old cost £16.

For details, go to www.playhousewhitleybay.co.uk or call 0844 248 1588.

Portillo, an unsuccessful challenger for the leadership of the Conservative Party in 2001, was MP for London’s Enfield Southgate constituency from 1984 to 1997 and for Kensington and Chelsea, also in the capital, from 1999 to 2005.

He was then prime minister John Major’s chief secretary to the Treasury from 1992 to 1994, employment secretary from 1994 to 1995 and defence secretary from 1995 to 1997, as well as being William Hague’s shadow chancellor of the exchequer from 2000 to 2001.

Since quitting politics in 2005, he has pursued a media career, continuing to appear on BBC1’s This Week and presenting BBC2’s Great British Railway Journeys since 2010.