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The Right Honourable
 Angela Eagle 
MP


Incumbent
Assumed office 
8 June 2009
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Rosie Winterton

In office
29 June 2007 – 8 June 2009
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Phillip Oppenheim
Succeeded by Kitty Ussher

Member of Parliament
for Wallasey
Incumbent
Assumed office 
9 April 1992
Preceded by Lynda Chalker
Majority 9,109 (24.8%)

Born 17 February 1961 (1961-02-17) (age 49)
Bridlington
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Maria Exall
Alma mater St John's College, Oxford

Angela Eagle (born 17 February 1961) is a British Labour politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for Wallasey since 1992; currently, she is the Minister of State for Pensions and Ageing Society.

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Education

Born in Bridlington, the daughter of a printworker, she was educated at St. Peter's C of E primary school, Formby High School, and St John's College, Oxford where she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in 1983, and where she was also chairwoman of the Oxford University Fabian Society 1980-1983. She worked briefly in the economic directorate of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) in 1984, before working for the Confederation of Health Service Employees (COHSE) later in the year. At COHSE, she held several positions, leaving on her election to parliament in the capacity of parliamentary officer. She was elected secretary for the Constituency Labour Party in Peckham for two years from 1989.

Parliamentary career

Eagle was first elected in the 1992 election when she defeated the Minister for Overseas Development at the Foreign Office Lynda Chalker by 3,809 votes, and has remained an MP since. She made her maiden speech on 11 May 1992.[1]

In parliament she became a member of the Employment Select Committee in 1994, and was promoted by Tony Blair in 1996 to the position of an Opposition Whip, and became a member of the Blair government following the 1997 General Election as the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, moving to the Department of Social Security in 1998. Following the 2001 General Election, she was a junior minister at the Home Office but was sacked by Blair in 2002. She has been a member of the Treasury Select Committee since 2003. She returned to the government under Gordon Brown on 29 June 2007 in a new position within the HM Treasury, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury. She was promoted to Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions in the June 2009 reshuffle.

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Statements on the economy

In April 2008 Eagle took part in a debate in Parliament on the UK economy in which the Liberal Democrats tabled a motion suggesting that the country was facing an 'extreme bubble in the housing market' and the 'risk of recession'. Eagle responded stating "Fortunately for all of us...that colourful and lurid fiction has no real bearing on the macro-economic reality." [2] In 2009 Jeremy Browne, who led the debate reflected on her comments, stating “A year ago, Angela Eagle’s comments summed up the Government’s delusional attitude. We had been warning for months that we faced a housing market collapse and a serious recession, but ministers did not want to hear it. Their failure to face up to reality left the country dangerously unprepared for the crisis that now confronts us." [3]

Personal life

Eagle was joint winner of the British Girls' Under-18 chess championship in 1976. She gained the distinction of becoming British Parliament's first, and thus far only, openly lesbian member by coming out in September 1997 in an interview with The Observer.[4] Maureen Colquhoun, another lesbian MP, did not declare her sexuality until after she left parliament[5]. In September 2008 Eagle entered into a civil partnership with Maria Exall[6][7].

She was joined in the House of Commons at the 1997 General Election by her identical twin sister, Maria Eagle, thus becoming the first set of twins to sit in the House. She and her sister are one of only two pairs of sisters in the Commons, the other sister pair are Sylvia Heal and Ann Keen. She is also an avid cricketer. She was ranked in the top 50 on The Independent's Pink List of the 101 most influential gay men and women in Britain 2009.[8]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Lynda Chalker
Member of Parliament for Wallasey
1992–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Office Vacant
Phillip Oppenheim (1995-1997)
Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury
2007 - 2009
Succeeded by
Kitty Ussher
Preceded by
Rosie Winterton
Minister of State for Pensions and Ageing Society
2009–present
Incumbent

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