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Tracey Crouch speech at Public Health England Annual Conference

Minister for Loneliness yesterday addressed delegates at Public Health England Annual Conference.

Good morning everyone.

Thank you John, and thank you Public Health England for inviting me to speak today. I’m delighted to be here at this fantastic session to talk about loneliness.

Loneliness is an extremely important public health challenge that we face.

As the Minister leading the cross government work on loneliness, it’s heartening to see the work being done by Public Health England to raise awareness and respond to this issue.

I was appointed to my role by the Prime Minister in January of this year. This came in response to findings and recommendations from the Jo Cox Commission that was established after the murder of my parliamentary colleague Jo Cox.

Jo was a brilliant woman who was remarkable for everything she achieved - including, discussing her personal struggle with loneliness. While Jo’s experience of loneliness was very normal, the honesty with which she spoke about it was rare, and brave.

In Jo’s name, the Commission delivered its findings in December last year and in January this year the Prime Minister committed government to implementing many of its recommendations.

We are now the first Government in the world to be producing a national plan of action to tackle loneliness, and everyone is watching and waiting.

The global response to what we are doing here has been, and continues to be phenomenal, demonstrating even more the scale of the problem.

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