MP David Miliband played kiss chase with Sadie Frost at school

MP and former Haverstock School pupil David Miliband switched on the Christmas lights in Primrose Hill to loud cheers on Sunday (November 25)- despite a few technical glitches and the odd political wrangle.

The lights in the trees along Regent’s Park Road went on prematurely and music was played over Mr Miliband’s reading of Twas The Night Before Christmas - which he politely requested to be turned off.

Before the crowd had even begun their countdown, the twinkling white lights mistakenly lit up prompting Conservative councillor Johnny Bucknell to bellow over the festive din “Turn them off! Turn them off!”.

Labour MP Mr Miliband, guest of honour at the event, shot back with a gleam in his eye: “They’re very uncouth, the Tories. They do like shouting at people. It’s sort of a master-servant relationship.

“But I’d like to say to my comrades that are stationed in all these trees, my partners in this social venture, in this ‘bigger society’… Comrades, we’re going to do a countdown.”

As he drew out the word “comrade” the crowd howled and cheered his retort.

Festive good-tidings were restored when the lights illuminated the road again, and the crowd could make out their heroes through the spitting rain, sharing centre stage.

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Actress and fashion designer Sadie Frost was also a no show, which appeared to disappoint the Labour MP.

Addressing the crowd, who had spent the day enjoying fairground rides, pony rides, warming winter food, and carols, he said: “I hoped to follow that with Sadie Frost up here with me, because in 1971, I’m told by Sadie that we had a great kiss chase in Primrose Hill School.”

However the actress who also grew up in the area did not appear, despite being photographed with Nick Grimshaw at the fair last year.

Speaking to the Ham&High, Mr Miliband said: “I was asked to do the lights with Sadie Frost, so of course I couldn’t say no.

“Metaphorically, I was very happy to switch on the lights...”

Looking up at the glimmering trees that line the street he added: “We’ve set the standard for NW1.”

Sadie Frost later sent a message on Twitter to Mr Miliband saying: “So sorry had to go home as had the lurgy! ..promise will support local causes in the future! #kisschase.”