Kevan Jones has admitted depression saw him sink so low he could not leave the house and even questioned his purpose in life.
It stands as a remarkable admission for the MP who was seen by many as one of Labour’s toughest supporters.
He shocked the political world when, in an emotional speech in the House of Commons, he sensationally revealed he had lived with depression for years.
Now he has said: “It was like a burden off my shoulders when I spoke about it.
“Depression affected me badly for about four to five months.
“I am a very busy person and I love being busy, but you get to a point where you do not feel like doing anything, when work that was interesting is not any more. Depression is when you physically do not feel like doing anything, nothing interests you.”
Mr Jones appeared close to tears when he spoke in Parliament about his breakdown in 1996, when he was a councillor in Newcastle’s Walkergate and a full-time union official.
“I did lock myself away, I didn’t feel like going into social situations.
“I would stay at home” the MP for North Durham admitted.