Suspended MP reveals his own 'dark hours'

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Robert Wareing, the Labour MP who was temporarily suspended over claims that he had covert links with a front organisation for the Bosnian Serbs, said last night that he knew exactly how Gordon McMaster felt during his "last dark hours".

The MP for Liverpool West Derby said he was "suicidal" over the claims although they were later rejected by the Commons Standards and Privileges Committee. He was, however, suspended for a week for failing to declare a business interest in the Commons register.

Mr Wareing issued a statement last night after it was reported that friends, worried about his mental state, had summoned the aid of Janet Heddle, widow of John Heddle, the Mid Staffordshire MP who killed himself in 1989. Mrs Heddle has met Mr Wareing several times to help him cope with his depression, it was reported last night

He said: "In the light of the fact that this has now come out, I am keen that things should not be misreported, particularly in view of the considerable speculation which surrounds the tragic death of Gordon McMaster. I know exactly how Gordon will have felt during his last dark hours and I am deeply sorry that he was unable to come through his own turmoil."

Mr McMaster, MP for Paisley South, killed himself last month and left a suicide note blaming other Labour party members for spreading false rumours about him. K