We must never forget the strikes at the Dagenham Ford plant. This week we celebrate this major contribution to British post-war history. The brave actions of these local women some 50 years ago led to the Equal Pay Act - a major turning point in achieving equality at work between men and women in this country. Dagenham has a long proud history of working class women standing up for their rights, and the fight they started back in 1968 is one that continues today. We have come on leaps and bounds since 1968 but there is still a prevalent gender pay gap which needs to be overturned.

Here is this months Barking and Dagenham Post column from Jon Cruddas MP, first published online 08/03/2017.

Today is international Women’s Day, which marks a celebration of the economic, social, cultural and political achievements of women. This year the Spring Budget falls on International Women’s Day, and Labour MPs are calling on the government to guarantee a budget that works for women.