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Philip Whitehead, (30 May 1937 – 31 December 2005) was a British Labour politician, television producer and writer.
Born in Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, he was adopted by a local family. He attended Lady Manners School and then went on to Exeter College at Oxford University, where he obtained his BA degree.
He went up to Oxford following in his adoptive parents' footsteps as a Conservative. He was President of the Oxford University Conservative Association and the Oxford Union in 1961. However, by the end of his time there he had convinced himself that his true place was in the Labour Party.
He was an independent documentary producer in the early 1960s and later an editor with the BBC and ITV from 1967 to 1970.
He represented Derby North as a Labour MP from 1970 to 1983.
After his defeat at the 1983 general election, he returned to television as a producer and director. He was also author of several books.
In 1988 he was MacTaggart Memorial Lecturer at the Edinburgh TV Festival.
He was a Labour member of the European Parliament from 1994 to his death, first serving as MEP for Staffordshire East and Derby, and later as one of the members for the East Midlands.
On 23 July 2004 he was elected chair of the Parliamentary Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection. He was also member of the European Parliament's African, Caribbean and Pacific Joint Parliamentary Assembly and chair of the European Parliamentary Labour Party.
He retained a close association with Derbyshire, especially the Bakewell area, throughout his life.
Philip Whitehead was taken ill on 31 December 2005 and died later that evening in a hospital in Chesterfield from a heart attack aged 68.