Chatham and Aylesford MP Tracey Crouch has been made minister for loneliness.
The new role of Civil Society Minister is part of a cross-government strategy on the problem, being announced today by the Prime Minister.
I am sure that with the support of volunteers, campaigners, businesses and my fellow MPs from all sides of the House, we can make significant progress in defeating loneliness. It's about keeping communities connected and making sure that we tackle isolation which affects lots of different people in communities, lots of different age groups."
The move's been welcomed by the husband of murdered MP Jo Cox.
Brendan Cox tweeted his congratulations to Tracey Crouch, saying his wife would have been "over the moon".
For far too many people, loneliness is the sad reality of modern life. Jo Cox recognised the scale of loneliness across the country and dedicated herself to doing all she could to help those affected."