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I suspect there are people in all walks of life who need to be dragged into the 21st century in terms of attitudes towards women.

Britain is a textbook case of how growing inequality leads to economic crisis. The years before the crash were marked by a sharp rise in remortgaging and the growth of 0 percent balance transfer credit cards. By 2008 the UK had the highest ratio of household debt to GDP of any major economy.

I worry that some politicians still think we are living in the 1950s where the man is the main breadwinner and the woman works for pin money. Actually, most families where there are two parents depend on two incomes to get by.

The image of the unions is still not in tune with where we actually are, which is fifty-fifty men and women, with an increasing number of women at the top. I think it is changing, but I'm not complacent about this.

When I look at my daughter, who's 24, she is much more confident than I ever was and her expectations are higher. But I worry that there is a backlash brewing against progress on equality.

All the evidence shows very clearly that if you are a member of a trade union you are likely to get better pay, more equal pay, better health and safety, more chance to get training, more chance to have conditions of work that help if you have caring responsibilities... the list goes on!

Ordinary people who have lots of good ideas want more than a suggestion box, and they need a union to represent that thinking.

As long as the number one worry for people, keeping them up at nights, is whether they're going to have a job in the morning, then they are less likely to resist unfair changes, or unfair treatment, or cuts in real pay at work.

I came from a family where joining a union was the expected thing to do. I've always believed that the relationship between an employer and an individual worker is fundamentally unequal.

In the U.S. the powerful critics of austerity such as Paul Krugman and Robert Reich rightly identify the decline of 'labor' as a problem, and renewing trade unionism part of the solution. Our opportunity is to make the same case in the UK.

Voting to go on strike is not a decision working people take lightly and is always accompanied by a strong sense of injustice at work. The impact of losing a day's pay is significant, not least for those in the lowest paid jobs who are already on the tightest budgets.

A business is good if it gives a decent day's reward for a decent day's work, treats people decently, and gives them a voice at the top.

From the ashes of a financial crash, there is a chance to create a new economic settlement that is more equal, sustainable and democratic.

I do know what it's like to worry about bills, I do know what it's like to worry about even finding a child-minder, never mind paying them.

I like independent films... European films. I do go and see popular films as well because my kids force me.

I think being a mother helps keep your feet on the ground. There's very little dignity in parenthood. It's a great leveller.

I want a society that provides decent jobs for those who can work and decent security for those can't.

I'd be happy to have regular face-to-face meetings at Downing Street with David Cameron to argue the case for alternative economic policies.

The UK has a poor investment record. According to IMF data, we have come seventh out of the top seven industrialised countries since 1999.

You just wish sometimes that people would treat you like a human being rather than seeing your gender first and who you are second.