The co-chair of a cross-party commission on loneliness started by Jo Cox has said it will be publishing a manifesto at the end of the year, demanding firm action.
Cox had been in the opening stages of establishing the commission before her murder last June.
Eight months after her death, the Jo Cox Commission launches today, serving as a cross-party group which will strive to find ways to reduce the impact of loneliness on individuals.
Rachel Reeves, Labour MP for Leeds West and the commission's co-chair, said it will build on Jo's legacy and fulfil her wish for action on loneliness in an interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer.
She said: "It’s a huge issue. Jo saw this in her constituency, that there were too many people who didn’t have many meaningful contact.
"Nine million people report themselves as lonely all the time.
"[The commission is] about encouraging people to take the small steps.
“It’s a call, because at the end of the year, we’ll publish a manifesto which will hopefully encourage the Government to take action.”