Last summer, one of Therese's Parliamentary colleagues, Jo Cox, who a few days beforehand had been part of the team shecaptained in the Parliamentary Tug of War, was tragically murdered. Before her death Jo set up the Loneliness Commission to raise awareness of the issue and to work to try and reduce the stigma of being lonely. The Commission now continues her work in her name.
Therese said: "A recent British Red Cross survey found that one in five people said they always or often felt lonely. It's something I often see in see here in Suffolk, so I was proud to meet the Commission recently and sign a pledge to support its work to tackle loneliness. The Commission is working with Government, businesses and voluntary groups and will shortly make recommendations.
However we can all play our part. Loneliness is a problem in every street and within every family. That means all of us can do something to make someone feel less lonely today. We can start a conversation with a neighbour who we know is on their own, pick up the phone to a relative or friend you haven't spoken to for a while or say hello to someone in the supermarket queue. Let's all make a pledge to tackle loneliness."
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