Kim Leadbetter calls on government and public to act to address issue at launch of report by murdered MP’s commission

Social media is a double-edged sword that could make Britain’s loneliness epidemic worse, the sister of the murdered MP Jo Cox has said in response to research which found that 9 million people in the UK feel permanently isolated.

Speaking at the launch of a report commissioned by the Labour MP before her death, Kim Leadbeater said technology was a force for good, but that it had reduced people’s time for “proper human connections”.

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