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Tackling inequalitiesWhere are we now and what can be done?$
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Christina Pantazis and David Gordon

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9781861341464

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861341464.001.0001

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A mortality league table for Cabinet Ministers?

A mortality league table for Cabinet Ministers?

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(p.180) (p.181) Nine A mortality league table for Cabinet Ministers?
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Tackling inequalities
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Danny Dorling

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861341464.003.0009

This chapter raises the question of whether there should be a league table for ministers. In answering this issue, it examines the extent to which there is a close distribution between voting patterns and premature mortality. The chapter shows how spatial inequalities in mortality are reflected in the spatial distribution of Members of Parliament (MPs) and suggests that given the unequal life chances of their own constituents, reducing health inequalities should be a priority for New Labour. It also argues that despite New Labour's talk of opportunities, policies, and programmes which are likely to have a significant impact on reducing health inequalities, they have so far failed to materialise.

Keywords:   voting patterns, premature mortality, spatial inequalities, MPs, New Labour, health inequaltites

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