The TUC comprises 54 affiliated unions representing 6.2 million working people from all walks of life. Today was the first day of their annual women’s conference with over 300 delegates from across the UK meeting in London to discuss the issues faced by women at work, including inequality, and the impact on women of recession and austerity. The theme for the conference this year was ‘Equality not poverty – use your vote’. I spoke about the important job that women in the TUC do standing up for other working women and despite the progress we made there is still inequality and poverty in this country. The reality is that for women, who is in Number 10 following the Election will make a massive difference. Labour has a radical and realistic programme which will abolish the bedroom tax, rescue the NHS, increase the minimum wage and give further support for childcare.