Gordon Brown has told relatives of missing Madeleine McCann he will
help "in any way he can".
Philomena McCann, lobbying MPs for
support in the search for her niece, four, said he was "extremely
British suspect Robert Murat, 33,
has said he is "a scapegoat". Police have searched his mother's
Algarve villa, close to where Madeleine was last seen.
A fighting fund will be launched
later at the Walkers Stadium in Leicester, to help cover escalating
Ms McCann, of Glasgow -
accompanied by Glasgow Central MP Mohammed Sarwar - said she wanted
MPs to use their power and influence to help, and she was not there
to criticise the British or Portuguese police.
She said Mr Brown had offered
support on "a practical and a personal level" in their meeting.
Robert Murat has worked for the police as a
She added: "For someone to abduct
Madeleine, we're aware they would want such a beautiful, caring
little girl as she is, and I can totally understand them.
"But give her back, she isn't
yours, we want her home and safe."
Meanwhile at Prime Ministers'
Questions, Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, who will meet Ms
McCann later, said: "I'm sure that the thoughts of the whole House
will be with them at this terrible time."
Many MPs wore yellow ribbons that
have become a symbol of hope for Madeleine.
The family's push to keep the
search in the public eye comes after Mr Murat was questioned for 12
hours by police.
Mr Murat, who previously lived in
Hockering, Norfolk, has recently been living with his mother Jenny,
71, in Praia da Luz.
Speaking off camera after
questioning, Mr Murat told Sky News: "This has ruined my life and
made my life very difficult for my family here and in Britain.
"The only way I will survive this
is if they catch Madeleine's abductor."
Members of Mr Murat's family have
insisted he was having dinner with his mother on the night the
Give her back, she isn't yours, we want her
home and safe
Madeleine's aunt Philomena
Tuck Price, a friend of the family,
said Mr Murat was keen to get the focus "back on Madeleine and away
"His daughter is now in hiding in
the UK," he added.
"The one thing, the compassionate
thing, that made him get involved in the case has put his daughter
in this horrible position."
On Tuesday, Chief Inspector
Olegario de Sousa told a news conference he could not confirm
whether Madeleine was alive or dead.
He said police had searched five
houses and seized "various materials" from the properties which were
undergoing forensic tests.
It is believed two cars used by
the Murats have been examined, and computers, mobile phones and
several video tapes were taken away.
Two other people - a German woman
and a Portuguese man - have been questioned as witnesses.
Madeleine McCann disappeared on 3 May
Mr Murat has not been formally
named by police as their suspect.
The suspect has signed an identity
and residence statement that prevents him from moving house or
Mr Murat may have been designated
a suspect by police, or he could have chosen to take "arguido"
status himself to gain additional protections under Portuguese law.
An arrest can be made once someone
is a suspect, but only if there is sufficient evidence.
Mr Murat, a former property
developer who has a four-year-old daughter, had become well known to
journalists during the search for Madeleine.
Madeleine disappeared from her
bedroom 13 days ago as her parents ate dinner at a nearby tapas