A mortality league table for Cabinet Ministers?

Danny Dorling

in Tackling inequalities

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9781861341464
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303633 | DOI:
A mortality league table for Cabinet Ministers?

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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

Chapter.  8072 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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