Margaret Hodge was re-elected MP for Barking in May 2010 with a majority of 16,555.
Margaret Eve, Lady Hodge, MBE (née Margaret Oppenheimer; born 8 September 1944, Cairo) is a British politician and Labour Party Member of Parliament for Barking. She was the first Minister for Children appointed in a newly created post within the Department for Education and Skills in 2001. She was Minister of State for Culture, Creative Industries and Tourism at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport but following the cabinet reshuffle of 3 October 2008 she was replaced by Barbara Follett in her post, Hodge announced that she would be going on compassionate leave caring for her ill husband.
Hodge has been member for Barking since a by-election on June 9, 1994 caused by the death of Jo Richardson. As a new MP, she co-nominated the candidature of Tony Blair, a former neighbour, to be the new leader of the Labour Party after the unexpected death of John Smith.
She became a junior minister in 1998 and was made Minister for Universities in 2001, and remained there until 2003 when she was made Children's Minister.
Date of Birth
8 September 1944