Maria Eagle

Maria Eagle (born 17 February 1961) is a British Labour Party politician who has served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Garston and Halewood, previously Liverpool Garston, since 1997. She was Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice and Government Equalities Office in Gordon Brown's government. She was previously a junior minister at the Department for Work and Pensions, Department for Education and Skills and Northern Ireland Office.

Maria Eagle

Official portrait, 2020
Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
In office
5 January 2016  27 June 2016
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byMichael Dugher
Succeeded byKelvin Hopkins
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
In office
14 September 2015  5 January 2016
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byVernon Coaker
Succeeded byEmily Thornberry
Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
In office
7 October 2013  14 September 2015
LeaderEd Miliband
Harriet Harman (Acting)
Preceded byMary Creagh
Succeeded byKerry McCarthy
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport
In office
8 October 2010  7 October 2013
LeaderEd Miliband
Preceded bySadiq Khan
Succeeded byMary Creagh
Shadow Solicitor General for England and Wales
In office
11 May 2010  8 October 2010
LeaderHarriet Harman (Acting)
Ed Miliband
Preceded byJonathan Djanogly
Succeeded byCatherine McKinnell
Minister of State for Justice and Equalities[1]
In office
2 July 2007  6 May 2010
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byGerry Sutcliffe
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children in Northern Ireland
In office
6 May 2006  28 June 2007
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byJeff Rooker
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children
In office
17 June 2005  6 May 2006
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byMargaret Hodge
Succeeded byBeverley Hughes
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Disabled People
In office
11 June 2001  17 June 2005
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byMargaret Hodge
Succeeded byAnne McGuire
Member of Parliament
for Garston and Halewood
Liverpool Garston (1997–2010)
Assumed office
1 May 1997
Preceded byEddie Loyden
Majority31,624 (59.3%)
Personal details
Born (1961-02-17) 17 February 1961 (age 60)
Bridlington, England
Political partyLabour
RelativesAngela Eagle (sister)
Alma materPembroke College, Oxford
University of Law

After the 2010 general election, Eagle became Shadow Solicitor General for England and Wales. She served in the Shadow Cabinets of Ed Miliband and Jeremy Corbyn as Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Shadow Secretary of State for Defence and finally Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. She resigned from the Shadow Cabinet in June 2016. Eagle is the twin sister of fellow Labour MP Angela Eagle.