Michael Portillo was born in North London in 1953. He attended Peterhouse College, Cambridge, where he gained a first class degree in History in 1975. In 1976, he moved to the Conservative Party Research Department.
Mr. Portillo joined the Government of UK in 1984, and remained an active member until 1997. He was a whip, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Social Security, Minister of State for Transport, Minister of State for Local Government and Inner Cities; and as a Cabinet Minister, Mr. Portillo was Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Secretary of State for Employment, and Secretary of State for Defense. In 1992, he was admitted to the Privy Council. From November 1999 until 2005 he was back in Parliament as Member for Kensington and Chelsea, and was Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Michael Portillo has been an ICMP Commissioner since August 1998.