David Miliband`s dinner party guide ridiculed

David Miliband is considered to be the front-runner to lead UK`s Labor Party.

Updated: Aug 21, 2010, 14:26 PM IST

London: David Miliband, considered the front-runner to lead UK’s Labor Party, was ridiculed in newspapers on Saturday over his six-page guide on how to throw a dinner party for his campaign.

The former foreign secretary, one of five candidates for the post vacated by Gordon Brown, was lampooned for his step-by-step guide to "what you should be doing" once "you`ve decided to hold a house meeting for David".

It begins with some stock paragraphs to read down the phone to invitees -- and, remember, "No one can resist a delicious spread of food!".

"5:30pm -- get in from work, give the place a quick vacuum and general tidy (or not, if you`re not that type)," the guide on his campaign website says.

"Put the oven on and get the nibbles in. If there are drinks, get them chilling. Pick some music.”

"7:00pm -- People are arriving, take their coats, get them a drink, all that good stuff.”

"7:50pm -- Show David`s leadership House Party video."

At 8:40pm, hosts can read out some more stock paragraphs, beginning: "I hope you have enjoyed this evening -- it`s been really interesting hearing your stories... Whatever our different perspectives on the issues discussed tonight, one thing is clear -- that we can achieve more together than we can on our own."

And at 9:00pm, "finish the meeting with a thank you".

The Independent said it was the "dinner party from hell".

Calling it beyond "excruciating", if his leadership bid fails, "a glorious career as a professional TV dinner party organiser clearly awaits. The Labour Party`s loss will be light entertainment`s gain," its editorial read.

The Daily Mail said it was "toe-curling" and "bizarrely patronising".

The Sun said the "cringe-making tips on how to make the get-togethers fun will do nothing to help Mr Miliband shake off his geeky image".

A spokeswoman for Miliband said: "Every leader needs to know how to run a party".

Bureau Report