Sajid Javid had been visiting his mother, Zubaida, in Bristol, and was on his way home to London when he received the phone call from his little brother.
He was told that their older brother, Tariq, had checked into a five-star hotel in Horsham, West Sussex, just a few miles from his home, with the intention of taking his own life.
Tariq had left behind two suicide notes, including one that told Sylvia, his partner of 15 years, that she should “go on and enjoy life.”
For an hour, Javid52, who was interior minister at the time, did not know if his brother had taken his own life or was still alive, but urgently needed help.
“He told his partner to go to