MP Angela Eagle opens the Liverpool Pride MarchBy Bethan Hockey
Despite teeming rain, more than 6,000 people took to the streets for the annual Liverpool Pride March.
This year the march was opened and led by Wallasey MP Angela Eagle, who was announced earlier this year as the Pride patron.
Angela was elected as Labour MP for Wallasey in 1992 and has successfully been re-elected four times since. Currently, she is shadow leader of the House of Commons and chair of Labour's National Policy Forum.
She has become an enthusiastic campaigner for LGBT equality throughout her career in politics and played a leading role in the abolition of anti-gay laws including Section 28. She was also part of the government that introduced the Civil Partnership Act which later allowed Angela to have her relationship with her long-term partner, Maria Exall, acknowledged in law.