Michael Portillo

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Michael Portillo in 2008

Michael Denzil Xavier Portillo (born 26 May 1953) is a British journalist, broadcaster, and former Conservative politician. His broadcast series include railway documentaries such as Great British Railway Journeys and Great Continental Railway Journeys. A former member of the Conservative Party, he was Member of Parliament (MP) for Enfield Southgate from 1984 to 1997 and Kensington and Chelsea from 1999 to 2005.


  • If any of you have got an A-level, it is because you have worked to get it. Go to any other country and when you have got an A-level you have bought it.
    • Speech, quoted in The Guardian, 31 December 1994

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