Maria Eagle was elected MP for Garston and Halewood on May 7th 2015 with 33839 votes, taking 69.1% of the vote.
In parliament she was a member of the Public Accounts Committee following her initial election, and in 1999 she was appointed the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of State at the Department of Health, John Hutton. She was promoted to the Tony Blair government following the 2001 General Election as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions, and after the 2005 General Election, she was the Minister for children at the Department for Education and Skills, until the May 2006 reshuffle moved her to Northern Ireland, where she was Minister for more than one department at a time, including a period at the Department for Employment and Learning, on 29 June 2007 she moved to the Ministry of Justice. As part of the reshuffle of Gordon Brown's government in October 2008, she assumed additional responsibility for the Government Equalities Office. After the 2010 general election she became shadow transport secretary. In 2013 she assumed the office of Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Before entering parliament, Eagle concentrated on housing issues whilst a solicitor. When she was first elected to parliament in 1997 she joined her twin sister, Angela Eagle, who had been elected at the previous parliament, to serve as probably the first set of twins in the House of Commons, but certainly the first set of women twins. Like her sister, she is a very able chess player having played for England, and a keen cricketer. She has also called for the ban on mink fur farming.
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