Michael Portillo to speak at WLB dinner

Former cabinet minister, Conservative party leadership candidate, TV broadcaster and political commentator, Michael Portillo, is the star attraction at this year’s West London Business (WLB) Annual Dinner.

The dinner is on March 29, at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in South Kensington.

WLB’s gala evening is expected to attract over 250 senior business representatives and carries on a 15-year tradition of top flight networking and lobbying. Previous speakers have included British Airway’s Willie Walsh, Sir Digby Jones, Lord Bilimoria, TV personality John Sergeant and Amazon UK Chief Executive Brian McBride.

WLB Chairman Sir Eric Peacock said that Portillo will add further sparkle to a glittering event in West London’s business calendar.

“Having Michael is the icing on the cake for what is a top class event, bringing together the West London business family. He is not only an insightful political and social commentator, but an accomplished and amusing speaker”, Sir Eric added.

Michael Portillo 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 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.

Since leaving politics, he has devoted himself to writing and broadcasting. He is a regular on both BBC 1’s “This Week” programme and Radio 4’s “The Moral Maze”. He has made radio and television documentaries on a wide range of subjects, including three series of “Great British 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.

For further information on the WLB Annual Dinner contact Helen Peck at West London Business  – Helen.peck@westlondon.com, or 02086072500.

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