We and our partners will store and/or access information on your device through the use of cookies and similar technologies, to display personalised ads and content, for ad and content measurement, audience insights and product development. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Your Privacy Controls. Michael Denzil Xavier Portillo (born 26 May 1953) is a British journalist, broadcaster and former politician known for presenting 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. Labour won by 1,500 votes after a swing of 17 per cent. The result for Enfield South in the 1997 General Election. 'Hounds are howling' over sex abuse claims says Campbell, Nighty night, This Week ends with a complaint, Grease on This Week: Oh, those political nights. A lively debate between former Conservative MP Michael Portillo and writer Bea Campbell about child sexual abuse claims which name prominent individuals. Food blogger Jack Monroe and ex-Tory MP Michael Portillo clashed remarkably on BBC's This Week on Thursday. They climbed through the undergrowth on the mountain leading up to the secret ancient city of Machu Picchu. Since Michael Portillo retired from politics in 2005, the former Conservative MP has taken up a more leisurely career path. Information about your device and internet connection, including your IP address, Browsing and search activity while using Verizon Media websites and apps. Find out more about how we use your information in our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. Portillo v Campbell on child abuse claims. Michael Portillo is a British journalist, broadcaster, former MP, and former cabinet minister for the ‘Conservative Party.’ He entered the ‘House of Commons’ in 1984, after winning the elections for the first time. To enable Verizon Media and our partners to process your personal data select 'I agree', or select 'Manage settings' for more information and to manage your choices. In 2010, Michael commence his celebrated series, Great British Railway Journeys, following the British railway networks according to an 1840s copy of Bradshaw’s Guide.. A lively debate between former Conservative MP Michael Portillo and writer Bea Campbell about child … Michael was born and raised in Hertfordshire. HuffPost is part of Verizon Media. Read about our approach to external linking. They spoke with Andrew Neil and Alan Johnson on This Week, after Ms Campbell's film defending the work of the now-deputy leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson, who has come under fire over past remarks about the former Conservative Home Secretary Leon Brittan. Last month Michael Portillo and his wife, Carolyn, flew on holiday to Peru.