FORMER Conservative MP and TV personality Michael Portillo will visit the region in early 2019 to tell his story.

The live appearance at the Carnegie Theatre, in Workington, on Tuesday January 22 will also be followed by a book signing.

It took Michael Portillo little more than 10 years to get a seat in the Commons and then rise in power and esteem to a point where he was a favoured leader of his party and possible future PM.

Although his political career then came to a humiliating end, losing his seat in May 1997.

Michael has since reinvented and endeared himself to many with his obvious respect for the solid workmanship found in the great railways of the world, the effect of the railways on the history of countries and the daily lives of their people. Earlier this year, he ventured across the pond for a third series of Great American Railroad Journeys, ticking Canada, New England and California off the list.

A Channel 5 series, Portillo's Hidden History of Britain, began broadcasting in April - his most recent prime-time series.

Portillo has also written a regular column for The Sunday Times, and is a long-serving member of the panel in the BBC Radio 4 series The Moral Maze.

In Workington, he tells his story, with a “parliamentary stand-up” wit, and then take questions about it.

Michael Portillo visits the Carnegie Theatre on January 22, 2019, and tickets are available from the venue's box office.