Angela Eagle

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Angela Eagle
MP
Official portrait of Ms Angela Eagle.jpg
Shadow First Secretary of State
In office
13 September 2015 – 27 June 2016
Leader Jeremy Corbyn
Shadowing George Osborne
Preceded by Hilary Benn (Acting)
Succeeded by Emily Thornberry (2017)
Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
In office
13 September 2015 – 27 June 2016
Leader Jeremy Corbyn
Preceded by Chuka Umunna
Succeeded by Jon Trickett
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
In office
7 October 2011 – 13 September 2015
Leader Edward Miliband
Harriet Harman (Acting)
Preceded by Hilary Benn
Succeeded by Chris Bryant
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
In office
8 October 2010 – 7 October 2011
Leader Edward Miliband
Preceded by Liam Byrne
Succeeded by Rachel Reeves
Minister for Pensions and Ageing Society
In office
8 June 2009 – 11 May 2010
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Rosie Winterton
Succeeded by Steve Webb
Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury
In office
29 June 2007 – 8 June 2009
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Phillip Oppenheim (1997)
Succeeded by Kitty Ussher
Member of Parliament
for Wallasey
Assumed office
9 April 1992
Preceded by Lynda Chalker
Majority 23,320 (48.3%)
Personal details
Born (1961-02-17) 17 February 1961 (age 58)
Website Official website


Angela Eagle MP (born 17 February 1961) has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Wallasey since the 1992 general election.

Eagle served as the Minister of State for Pensions and Ageing Society from June 2009 until May 2010. Eagle was elected to the Shadow Cabinet in October 2010 and was appointed by Edward Miliband to be Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

In October 2011, she was appointed Shadow Leader of the House of Commons when Miliband reshuffled his Shadow Cabinet. She was appointed as both Shadow First Secretary of State and Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in September 2015 in Jeremy Corbyn's first Shadow Cabinet.


Parliamentary career

Backbencher and first period as government minister

Eagle was first elected to parliament as member for Wallasey in the 1992 election, defeating by 3,809 votes the Conservative Minister for Overseas Development at the Foreign Office Lynda Chalker.

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.

Eagle voted in favour of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, and repeatedly against investigating it in 2003, 2006, and 2007.

Brown government minister

She returned to the government under Gordon Brown on 29 June 2007 as Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, the most junior minister at HM Treasury. She was promoted to Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions in the June 2009 reshuffle.

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, "Fortunately for all of us … that colourful and lurid fiction has no real bearing on the macro-economic reality."