Hello again surreymann
Surprisingly, the answer is Harold Wilson.
"While other children put posters of the Beatles or the Stones on
their bedroom walls, the pubescent Portillo picked Harold Wilson for a
"In 1964, when he was aged 11, he campaigned for the Labour Party
leader, Harold Wilson, who became Prime Minister."
"A Labour supporter at Harrow grammar school - Diane Abbott and Clive
Anderson were contemporaries - he had Harold Wilson's poster on his
"Michael Denzil Xavier Portillo, whose mother was a Scottish teacher,
is an unlikely Conservative. His first political instincts were Labour
- he campaigned for Harold Wilson in one general election - but he was
converted at Peterhouse, Cambridge, where his tutor was the Right-wing
historian Maurice Cowling."
"the real youthful indiscretion Mr Portillo had confessed to is having
a picture of Harold Wilson taped to his locker as a schoolboy."
Thanks for the question. I enjoyed discovering this "secret" from
Michael Portillo's past!
Best wishes - Leli
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