David Miliband to teach at Haverstock School

THE FORMER foreign secretary and favoured contender for the Labour leadership, David Miliband, is to become a teacher at his old Camden school, it emerged today.

Mr Miliband, 45, is set to teach Government and Politics A-level at Haverstock School in Chalk Farm - where he was a pupil from 1979 until 1983.

He then went on to Corpus Christ College, Oxford, where he gained a first in Politics, Philosophy and Economics before rising up the ranks of the Blair and Brown Labour governments.

He will teach for one to two hours a week at the Chalk Farm school.

Mr Miliband told the Ham&High: “I’m really excited to be returning to my old school to teach.”

His spokesman added that Mr Miliband had decided to return to his former school because he had “great admiration” for the current headteacher John Dowd.

“He has been in discussions with the school about teaching some A-Level students in Government and Politics,” the spokesman added.

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Mr Miliband, who lives in Primrose Hill, quit frontline politics in September after losing the Labour Party leadership election to his young brother Ed.

At the time, he said that he would take time to consider his future direction and make the most of the opportunity to spend more time with his family.

Few predicted that he would use his experiences of working at the heart of the Labour Government, and with the likes of Hillary Clinton, to teach politics in Camden.

Earlier in the week it was revealed that Mr Miliband had also pitched some programme ideas to the BBC.

His spokesman said that while Mr Miliband is talking to a range of organisations about his interests in foreign and environmental policy he is still committed to his constituents in South Shields, where he has been an MP since 2001.