- Before joining the TUC Frances O'Grady worked for the Transport and General Workers Union, where she campaigned for minimum wage.
- The 52-year-old was appointed as TUC Campaigns Officer in 1994 and ran campaigns for equal rights for part-timers and against low pay.
- In 1997, she was appointed to head up the New Unionism campaign and launched the TUC's Organising Academy.
- Frances went on to head up the TUC’s organisation department in 1999. She was appointed Deputy General Secretary in 2003.
- She will become the TUC's first female general secretary when she takes over from Brendan Barber at the end of the year.
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Cloud and outbreaks of rain will ease away eastwards during the morning, clearing the east coast around midday with sunny spells developing.
Police and emergency services are attending the scene.
Rebel-held east remains at risk while the pumping station supplying the western part of the city is once again in operation.