On Wednesday, 12th July I attended the Jo Cox Loneliness Event in Parliament to hear about the findings of their Loneliness and Disability report, as well as to honour the tragic death one year on of my former parliamentary colleague, the late MP Jo Cox.
With at least 8 million people in our modern society reportedly experiencing loneliness at least once a week, and loneliness as a whole affecting communities on a daily basis, Jo Cox dedicated her short career to combating this widespread affliction.
Recently a coat of arms was painted in the House of Commons to honour Jo. This is in keeping with a long tradition of placing these arms in circumstances where an MP has been killed in office. Visitors to the House of Commons can observe the long line of MPs coat of arms in the chamber honouring those from both World Wars and those killed in terrorist attacks.