It took Michael Portillo little more than ten years to gain a seat in the House of Commons and then rise in power and esteem to a point where he was a potential leader of his party and possible future Prime Minister. A track record like that might suggest a privileged friend of the rich and famous with little or no understanding of, or care for, the ordinary citizen. But since leaving the house a decade ago Michael has endeared himself to many with his obvious respect for solid workmanship and creative energy, such as that found in our great Victorian Railways, and in the daily toil of the working man.
A historian at heart, Michael Portillo has used a Victorian railway guide to take millions of viewers on an historial voyage of discovery throughout the UK, Ireland, the USA and Europe. He brings his story to St Swithun’s School on Monday 27 November at 7.30pm.
Tickets are available from the Theatre Royal Winchester, 01962 840 440, www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk