The Boston Stump Restoration Trust present An Evening with Michael Portillo.
Michael 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, unsuccessfully.
Since leaving politics, he has devoted himself to writing and broadcasting. He is a regular on both BBC 1’s sardonic political “This Week” programme and Radio 4’s "The Moral Maze”. He has made radio and television documentaries on a wide range of subjects, including five series of "Great British (and recently Continental) 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.
When & Where
St Botolph’s – the ‘Stump’
St Botolph’s church is the largest of our three churches, indeed one of the largest parish churches in England. Pevsner described it as “a giant among English parish churches”. It is one of only 18 buildings in England to receive a five star rating in Simon Jenkins’ England’s Thousand Best Churches. It is part of the national Greater Churches Network4 and is Grade 1 listed. The Stump celebrated its 700th anniversary in 2009.