Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Day I Had the Shirt off Portillo's Back; OUR MAN COLLARS A COLLECTOR'S ITEM AS TRUE BLUE TORY CLEARS OUT HIS WARDROBE

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Day I Had the Shirt off Portillo's Back; OUR MAN COLLARS A COLLECTOR'S ITEM AS TRUE BLUE TORY CLEARS OUT HIS WARDROBE

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Byline: ROB MCNEIL

By Rob McNeil in Michael Portillo's shirt

WITH his bespoke suits and perfect coiffure, Michael Portillo is the dapper face of the Conservative Party.

But, even for a man with such an extensive and impeccable wardrobe, it came as a surprise to learn he had 20 pristine shirts going spare.

Staff in the Kings Road branch of Oxfam were surprised when he arrived to donate the spotless, almostnew shirts this week.

Manager Firth Wainey said: "We were absolutely delighted with the donation, the shirts were all in good condition and were very good makes.

"It is very unusual to have so many items of such a high standard handed over in one go. The only comparable instance I can remember was when Vanessa Feltz gave us her whole wardrobe a couple of years ago."

As the Evening Standard's Londoner's Diary revealed yesterday, most of the shirts sold straight away. But there was still one rather nice cornflowerblue number from Thomas Pink for [pounds sterling]7.99. It would have originally cost [pounds sterling]59.

Other shirts in the batch donated by Mr Portillo included a [pounds sterling]79 Charles Tyrwhitt shirt, charity price [pounds sterling]7.99 and a [pounds sterling]45 French-cuffed Christian Dior shirt, charity price [pounds sterling]6.99. Meanwhile, a brand new [pounds sterling]35 Austin Reed shirt was reduced to [pounds sterling]6.99.

The opportunity to snap up the Thomas Pink shirt was too good to miss but, on arrival, it looked like someone had got there first.

A floppy-haired young man was taking a worrying interest in the garment but was apparently unaware that its former owner was once tipped to be the next Tory leader and perhaps a future prime minister. He returned it to the rack.

The first step was to make a thorough check of the prospective purchase, this revealed that Mr Portillo takes a 17-inch collar. …

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