UK Prime minister Theresa May appoints minister for loneliness

The British Prime Minister Theresa May has appointed a Minister of Loneliness to honour the murdered  of Labour MP Jo Cox ,Telegraph reports.

The Minister for Sport and Civil Society Tracey Crouch will fill the newly-created role of minister.

May described the late Labour MP Jo Cox as one who wanted to “shine a light” on loneliness.

The Jo Cox Loneliness Commission, set up to tackle one of the issues the late MP cared most passionately about, recommended that the Government make a minister responsible for a national strategy to combat loneliness.

Mrs Cox was murdered in 2016 in her constituency of Batley and Spen by Thomas Mair, a white supremacist. She was 41 years old and left a husband and two young children.

Theresa May said:

For far too many people, loneliness is the sad reality of modern life.

I want to confront this challenge for our society and for all of us to take action to address the loneliness endured by the elderly, by carers, by those who have lost loved ones – people who have no one to talk to or share their thoughts and experiences with.

Jo Cox recognised the scale of loneliness across the country and dedicated herself to doing all she could to help those affected.

I am pleased that Government can build on her legacy with a ministerial lead for loneliness who will work with the Commission, businesses and charities to shine a light on the issue and pull together all strands of Government to create the first ever strategy.

 

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