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

Derek Enright

Member of Parliament
for Hemsworth
In office
7 November 1991 – 31 October 1995
Preceded byGeorge Buckley
Succeeded byJon Trickett
Member of the European Parliament
for the Leeds
In office
10 June 1979 – 17 June 1984
Succeeded byMichael McGowan
Personal details
Born2 August 1935
Thornaby-on-Tees, North Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died31 October 1995 (aged 60)
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Jane Simmons; 4 children
Alma materWadham College, Oxford

Early lifeEdit

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 careerEdit

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 chamberEdit

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 lifeEdit

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.


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