Nigel Evans has said he contemplated suicide when he stood accused of sexual assault.
The Tory MP, who was cleared of all charges last week, told Daybreak the experience was "traumatic beyond belief".
Asked whether he had considered ending his own life, the Ribble Valley MP said: "In my darkest moments, yes, when you're a politician, you don't want to be accused of even going through the five items or less with six items in your basket.
"To be accused of what you are accused of is just traumatic beyond belief.
"It was only because of the friends that I had who actually came running towards me rather than the other way, people who came up and made sure I was alright, made sure that I was taken out for dinners, who would give me support and had hope in me and it was their faith in me that got me through."
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