GALLERY: Michael Portillo the special guest as WI celebrate centenary event

Isle of Ely federation. WI meeting at Witchford village college, Guest speaker Michael Portillo. WI

Isle of Ely federation. WI meeting at Witchford village college, Guest speaker Michael Portillo. WI Board of trustees with Michael Portillo.Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Former MP Michael Portillo was the special guest at the Isle of Ely WI’s annual meeting, held in Witchford.

The former Conservative cabinet minister entertained almost 300 guests from across the Isle of Ely area – speaking about his life in politics and subsequent career as a broadcaster.

Val West, chairman of the Isle of Ely WI, said: “Mr Portillo was an excellent speaker and had everybody amused and interested in his life story. He went on to talk about his career away from politics – including his popular train journeys.

“He spoke for about an hour-and-a-half, answered questions from the audience and then stayed behind to sign autographs and speak to members. It went very well indeed.”

Among a variety of questions put to him, Mr Portillo was even asked by the audience whether he would consider taking part in Strictly Come Dancing, to which he responded with a most-definite ‘no’.


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The event was held to mark the departure of the WI centenary baton, which was handed on to the Cambridge branch of the WI during the meeting.

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