Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:18 pm on 14th May 2019.

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Photo of Rushanara Ali Rushanara Ali Labour, Bethnal Green and Bow 4:18 pm, 14th May 2019

The objective fact is that the public health grant has gone down by £700 million between 2014-15 and 2019-20. If a person gets on the tube at Westminster station and travels to Whitechapel station in my constituency, average life expectancy drops by six months at every stop. That is the reality in constituencies such as mine. My appeal to the Secretary of State, if he is serious about tackling health inequalities, is to back local authorities with the resources they need.