Tracey Crouch appointed first minister for loneliness

Written by Lauren Weymouth

Prime Minister Theresa May has appointed civil society minister Tracey Crouch as the first minister of loneliness.

The aim of the role is to continue the work carried out by MP Jo Cox, who campaigned to combat loneliness before she was killed by a far-right terrorist prior to the EU referendum.

Crouch will take on the role on top of her duties as the minister of sports and civil society, with the aim to “shine a light” on the issue of loneliness.

May has already backed a number of recommendations that have been put forward by the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, which was first established by Cox before her death.

Commenting on her appointment, Crouch wrote on Twitter: “Both proud & humbled to be appointed #loneliness minister in order to continue Jo Cox's great work & deliver recommendations of the @JoCoxFoundation working in partnership across gov, business & so many brilliant orgs/charities to combat social isolation & loneliness.”

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