MP highlights mental health plight in debut Commons speech

An MP has used his inaugural House of Commons speech to deliver a powerful message about his struggles with suicidal thoughts.

Stuart Anderson, the Conservative MP for Wolverhampton South West, also opened up about the impact his children have had on his life.

Mr Anderson, who had a career in the British Army, told the Commons he turned to alcohol to block out issues that stemmed back to his time in the British Armed Forces as a 17-year-old, when he was accidentally shot in the leg by a fellow soldier.

Stuart Anderson MP delivers his speech to the Commons Credit: House of Commons

For the whole year of rehabilitation nobody asked me how I was doing, or what the impact was.

Stuart Anderson MP, speaking in the Commons
Stuart Anderson MP delivers his speech to the Commons Credit: House of Commons

Following his departure from the military, Mr Anderson became a bodyguard.

He told the Commons of his struggles during his time in the role.

On the outside I looked like I had it together, but on the inside I was broken.

Stuart Anderson MP

In an effort to do something good for his children, he took them to church.

As the Wolverhampton motto says, out of darkness cometh light. I could see light out of the darkness.

Stuart Anderson MP

Stuart Anderson, who defeated Labour candidate Eleanor Smith to claim the Wolverhampton South West seat in the 2019 General Election with a 2,185 majority, reflected on his first speech in the Commons below.

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