Catalogue of the papers of Derek Enright, 1979-85

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Papers of Derek Enright, 1979-85

Correspondence and papers of Derek Enright (1935-95), Labour MEP.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 7194-7

Extent: 4 shelfmarks

Biographical History

After serving as a secondary school teacher, 1959-79, Derek Enright successfully stood as Labour candidate for Leeds in the first European Parliament election, 1979. He acted as Labour spokesman for third world affairs and womens' rights in the European Parliament, 1979-84. He was appointed by the European Economic Community (EEC) Development and Co-operation committee to compile a report on the future of EEC economic and commercial relations with Namibia, 1984-5. In 1984, Enright unsuccessfully contested the Kent East seat in the European Parliament election. He went on to serve as EEC delegate to Guinea Bissau, 1985-7 and as Special Advisor to the EEC on The Third World, 1988-91. He was elected MP for Hemsworth at a by-election in 1991. He died in 1995. See Who Was Who.

Scope and Content

The papers comprise correspondence and papers concerning European Economic Community fact-finding tours of Namibia; correspondence and papers concerning European Parliament Election, 1979; and miscellaneous correspondence and papers.


The papers are arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

The papers were previously deposited at Wadham College, Oxford.


Given by Mrs Enright, 2000.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 7194, fols. 1-2].

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Enright | Derek Anthony | 1935-1995 | politician

Corporate names (NCA Rules)

European Economic Community
European Parliament
Labour Party

Place names (NCA Rules)

Leeds | West Yorkshire

Subjects (LCSH)

European Economic Community -- Commerce -- Namibia
European Parliament -- Elections, 1979

Descriptive List

Correspondence and papers concerning European Economic Community fact-finding tours of Namibia, 1983-5
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7194
Extent: 244 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-73) Correspondence concerning preparation for Namibia tours, 1983-5
  • (fols. 74-107) Transcripts of meetings in London with British government officials, Dec. 1984
  • (fols. 108-210) Tour papers, including Enright Report on EEC relations with Namibia, Mar.-Apr. 1984
  • (fols. 211-36) Namibia tour diary, Mar.-Apr. 1984
  • (fols. 237-44) Namibia tour diary, June 1985

Briefing papers concerning Namibia, 1979-85
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7195
Extent: 372 leaves

Correspondence and papers concerning European Parliament Election, 1979
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7196
Extent: 221 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-16) Correspondence, Mar.-July 1979
  • (fols. 17-88) Speeches, Mar.-Apr.1979, n.d.
  • (fols. 89-155) Publicity material, [Mar.-July 1979]
  • (fols. 155-87) News cuttings, May-June 1979
  • (fols. 188-221) Miscellaneous papers, [Nov. 1978-June 1979]

Miscellaneous correspondence and papers, 1979-85
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7197
Extent: 444 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-16) Biographical papers
  • (fols. 17-29) Correspondence, 1981-4
  • (fols. 30-198) Transcripts of European Parliament debates in which Enright participated, 1979-82
  • (fols. 199-403) Papers concerning the European Economic Community, 1979-84
  • (fols. 404-44) News cuttings, 1979-85

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