POLITICIAN turned television presenter, writer and broadcaster Michael Portillo, returns to Dorset this week.

It took Michael little more than ten years to get a seat in the House of Commons and then rise in power to a point where he was widely tipped to become leader of his party.

But it was not to be and his political career came to a humiliating end, losing his seat in May 1997.

Since leaving the house a decade ago, 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.

Now he is heading to Lighthouse Poole next week to talk about his life and to answer your questions in his new show Life: A Game of Two Halves.

Michael will open the floor to questions from the audience and will be available to sign books after the show which starts at 7pm on Wednesday, January 16.

Contact the box office for tickets.