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We were fortunate enough to have Mr Michael Portillo as our guest speaker, who may be best known to
you as former MP for Enfield and Southgate or for his more recent media exploits on the BBC’s ‘Great British
Railway Journeys’. To open his humorous and self-deprecating speech, Mr Portillo joked that he was looking
forward to welcoming Labour leader Ed Miliband into the ‘former future Prime Ministers club’. On a more
serious note, Mr Portillo reflected on his own experiences - in particular the time when he was approached to
run for the Leadership of the Conservative Party. He advised the young people of the audience not to hesitate,
as he alluded to doing at the time, but to grasp the opportunities that are handed to them in life. This was
enormously valuable advice for the large portion of the audience, who were shortly to commence their second
term at university.
I would once again like to congratulate all of the prize winners and thank Mr Portillo, Councillor Bakir and all of
our honoured guests for their contribution to another wonderful occasion.
Callum McCarthy 13ASH
Awards Ceremony Cont.
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