In September 2008, she entered into a civil partnership with the MP Angela Eagle.
In 2009 she was listed at number 45 in the Pink News list of 50 most powerful gay, lesbian and bisexual people in British politics. The citation said:
- "A BT engineer and member of the the national executive committee of the Communication Workers Union, Maria Exall entered into a partnership with Treasury minister Angela Eagle last year. Harriet Harman announced their nuptials in the highly-romantic setting of the TUC conference."
She is a founder and Chair of the Cutting Edge Consortium.
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