She has been an MP since 1992 and in Government since 1997. Eagle was promoted by Gordon Brown to Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions in 2009. After the Conservatives returned to power in alliance with the Liberal Democrats, Eagle was elected to Ed Miliband’s shadow cabinet in October 2010 and was appointed by Ed Miliband to be Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
She has been an active, successful campaigner for the gay rights movement, helping to push through several pieces of significant legislation. In 2007 she was given the title of Politician of the Year by Stonewall.
In 2008 Eagle entered into a civil partnership with Maria Exall, pictured together above. 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.