Interesting times in UK as a new minister has been appointed in memory of the murdered MP Jo Cox, to continue her work on loneliness. Tracey Crouch MP will take up the new portfolio today, tackling the plight which affects around nine million Britons.
The role was one of the suggestions of the Jo Cox commission, which called for a national strategy in response to an “urgent crisis”.
Ms Cox was murdered by a far-right extremist in her constituency in June 2016.
Her sister, Kim Leadbeater, said loneliness was one of the issues she had been passionate about during her life.
Theresa May is to host an event in Downing St later today, to celebrate Ms Cox’s life.
Tracey Crouch will be the new Minister for Loneliness. ‘Loneliness has become a social epidemic’
Mrs 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.
“We should all do everything we can to see that, in Jo’s memory, we bring an end to the acceptance of loneliness for good.”
The cross-party commission was chaired by Rachel Reeves and Seema Kennedy and worked with 13 charities to help find solutions to the problem.
The two MPs welcomed the appointment and added: “Jo Cox said that ‘young or old, loneliness doesn’t discriminate’.
“Throughout 2017 we have heard from new parents, children, disabled people, carers, refugees and older people about their experience of loneliness.”
Sisters Jo Cox and Kim Leadbeater
The Office for National Statistics is to help devise a method for measuring loneliness and there will be a fund set up for Government and charities to tackle it.
Gov. Okorocha, surely, would see this news and feel vindicated.