A famous broadcaster and one of the UK’s most notable politicians is to give an insight into his extraordinary career when he visits the region.

Michael Portillo, the former deputy leader of the Conservative Party and presenter of BBC documentary series, Great British Railway Journeys, is set to tell the story of his evolution from politician to TV personality at Yarm School’s Princess Alexandra Auditorium.

‘Michael Portillo – “Life a game of two halves”’ takes place on Sunday 19th February 2017 at 3pm.

Michael was the Member of Parliament for Enfield Southgate from 1984-1997. He served as the Secretary of State for Employment and Secretary of State for Defence during his first parliamentary career. In 1999 he returned to parliament as the MP for Kensington and Chelsea and held the position of Shadow Chancellor from 2000-2001.

Since retiring from politics in 2005, Michael has become a presenter and broadcaster, and he also writes regular columns for The Sunday Times.

David Dunn, Headmaster of Yarm School, said: “Over the years, we have attracted a number of high profile celebrities and performers to the Princess Alexandra Auditorium, and Michael Portillo’s appearance is one not to be missed. He has enjoyed a very successful political and media career, and it will be interesting to hear his anecdotes and gain some insight into life at Westminster.

“2017 is shaping up to be another exciting year with a star-studded calendar of events planned at our award-winning auditorium.”

For further information about the event, contact Yarm School’s box office on 01642 786023, email boxoffice@thepaaonline.org, visit http://www.thepaaonline.org or visit Strickland & Holt on Yarm high street, which sells tickets for performances at the Princess Alexandra Auditorium, on behalf of Yarm School.