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Angela Eagle's Biography

 
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Angela Eagle was born on 17 February 1961 in Bridlington, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, the daughter of Andre and Shirley Eagle.

Angela has an identical twin sister Maria. They became the first twins elected as MPs and as Ministers of State.

She was educated at Formby Comprehensive High School Angela and graduated from St Johns College, Oxford in 1983 with a BA(Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

Before pursuing a career in politics, she had various roles in the Confederation of Health Service Employees (COHSE) trade union.

She was first elected to Parliament in 1992 as MP for Wallasey, in Liverpool, defeating the then Minister for Overseas Development at the Foreign Office, Lynda Chalker.

In 1996 she was appointed Opposition Chief Whip. After Labour's general election victory in 1997 she became Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Transport and the Regions) and then Under-Secretary (Department of Social Security)

Following the 2001 election, she became Parliamentary Secretary (Home office) until the reshuffle in May 2002 when she left the front benches.

In June 2007, Angela Eagle returned to the front benches as Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury.

In June 2009, she was appointed Minister of State for Pensions and the Ageing Society in the Department for Work and Pensions.

Following Labour's defeat in 2010, Angela Eagle held a number of opposition posts including Shadow First Secretary of State, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

In 2016, she was openly critical of Labour's leader Jeremy Corbyn and called for him to stand down.

Angela Eagle is one of the first openly lesbian MPs.

In 2015, she finished fourth in the deputy leadership of the Labour Party contest, being eliminated in the second round on 17.9 per cent of the vote.

In July 2016, Angela Eagle declared that she would challenge for the Labour leadership expressing dissatisfaction with the incumbent Jeremy Corbyn.

On 19 July 2016, Angela Eagle dropped out of the Labour leadership race and gave her support to Owen Smith.

Trivia
Angela Eagle is a strong chess player representing England at junior level, and was joint British Girls Under-18 chess champion in 1976. She represented Oxford University in the annual varsity match.

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