Derek Enright

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For the poet, see D. J. Enright.
Derek Enright
Member of Parliament
for Hemsworth
In office
7 November 1991 – 31 October 1995
Preceded by George Buckley
Succeeded by Jon Trickett
Member of the European Parliament
for the Leeds
In office
10 June 1979 – 17 June 1984
Succeeded by Michael McGowan
Personal details
Born 2 August 1935
Thornaby-on-Tees, North Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died 31 October 1995 (aged 60)
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Jane Simmons; 4 children
Alma mater Wadham College, Oxford
Religion Roman Catholic

Derek Anthony Enright (2 August 1935 – 31 October 1995) was a Labour politician in the United Kingdom.

Early life[edit]

Born in Thornaby-on-Tees, North Riding of Yorkshire, he attended St. Michael's College on St John's Road, Leeds (which has since merged with Mount St Mary's Catholic High School), then a grammar school. He was educated at Wadham College, Oxford, gaining a BA in Classics and a DipEd, and worked as a school teacher of classics at The John Fisher School, a Roman Catholic grammar school in Purley, London from 1959-1967. Taught at St Wilfred's Catholic High School in the 70s, where he taught students to sing 'Yellow Submarine' and 'Ten Green Bottles' in Latin. He also played a convincing Pharoe in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Parliamentary career[edit]

He was elected as a Labour Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for Leeds in 1979, staying until 1984. He was British Labour group spokesman on third world affairs and women's rights, and was later an EC delegate in Guinea Bissau. He contested Kent East in the 1984 European election. He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Hemsworth, West Yorkshire from 1991 until his death in 1995.[citation needed]

Sings "Yellow Submarine" in Latin in the Commons chamber[edit]

On 2 March 1993, during a debate on the Education Reform Bill, Derek Enright mentioned that "To help my pupils discover what the optative and subjunctive are all about, I translated Beatles songs into Latin." Challenged by Nicholas Fairbairn to sing a Beatles song in Latin, Enright immediately stood up and did so, singing "Yellow Submarine" in Latin. The Deputy Speaker, Geoffrey Lofthouse, got him to curtail his performance by reminding Enright of the rules of the House: "Order. The hon. Gentleman has been a Member of the House long enough to know its rules full well."[1]

Personal life[edit]

He married Jane Simmons in 1963, and they had two sons and two daughters. He died from cancer aged 60. His son, Duncan Enright, was stood against David Cameron in Witney in the 2015 General Election.


External links[edit]

European Parliament
New title Member of the European Parliament for Leeds
Succeeded by
Michael McGowan
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Buckley
Member of Parliament for Hemsworth
Succeeded by
Jon Trickett