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Derek Enright

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Preceded by  George Buckley
Political party  Labour
Education  Wadham College, Oxford
Nationality  British
Died  October 31, 1995

Succeeded by  Michael McGowan
Role  Politician
Succeeded by  Jon Trickett
Name  Derek Enright
Party  Labour Party
Spouse(s)  Jane Simmons; 4 children

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


Early life

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

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.

Sings "Yellow Submarine" in Latin in the Commons chamber

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."

Personal life

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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