Liam Byrne: I was ready to quit public life after 'no money' note made public
His Liberal Democrat replacement as chief secretary to the Treasury, David Laws, broke with convention when he disclosed details of the letter Mr Byrne wrote as he was clearing his desk.
The 15-word note was repeatedly used against Labour as evidence that it failed to take the country's finances seriously.
Mr Byrne said he was "kind of ready" to throw himself off a cliff amid the condemnation, although he stressed he did not seriously entertain suicide.
He told an audience at The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival that he went to seek advice from his uncle... read more
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