While David Cameron’s problems with women continue, I’m delighted that Labour will make sure the issues affecting women form an integral part of our General Election campaign.
Labour has always been the party of women, and for women. In our people, our policies and our politics, women and families are at the heart of everything we do.
I’m proud of Labour’s strong record on issues like family care, equal pay and tackling domestic violence. But there is still so much work to do and it is being made harder by the Tory-led Government.
Under this Government women’s progress has taken a backward step. The Tories and Lib Dems have made life harder for women. Analysis following the Autumn Statement confirms that 85 per cent of the Tory-led Government’s cuts this Parliament come from changes to direct taxes and benefits from women.
For women to make progress once again we need a Labour government and women's votes will be key to achieving this. Only then will we be able to pursue vital policies like Labour’s pledge on 25 hours free childcare for working parents of three and four year olds or raising the minimum wage to £8 an hour – both of which are incredibly important policies affecting women in Ilford South.
The votes of women will determine whether we have a Tory or Labour Prime Minister in No10. Let’s make sure we have a government that cares about the issues affecting women and the only way to guarantee that is to vote for Labour.