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Speaker Biography

Angela Eagle MP

 Angela Eagle MP
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

Born on 17th February 1961 in Bridlington; Angela is the Daughter of Andre Eagle, a print worker, and the late Shirley Eagle. Educated at Formby Comprehensive High School Angela went on to study at St Johns College, Oxford where she was awarded with a BA(Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. She was also the chair of the Oxford University Fabian Society (1980-1983). On leaving University Angela worked for CoHSE (now Unison) as a researcher (1984), press officer (1986) before becoming the Parliamentary liaison officer (1987).

Angela has been an active member of the Labour Party since she first joined aged 17 in 1978 and has since held various positions in the party. She was elected to the Party’s National Women’s Conference in 1989 and chaired the National Conference of Labour Women in 1991. From 1989 until 1991 Angela was the constituency party secretary for Peckham in South London before being selected as the Labour Party candidate for the constituency of Wallasey. Angela was first elected to Parliament in the 1992 general election when she defeated the then Minister for Overseas Development at the Foreign Office, Lynda Chalker, by 3,809 votes to become the first ever Labour Member of Parliament for Wallasey. Angela paid full tribute to Baroness Chalker during her maiden speech to Parliament whom she described as a ‘popular and well respected MP’.