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Craig Mackinlay to return to Commons for first time since developing sepsis

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Published Time: 22.05.2024 - 13:41:02 Modified Time: 22.05.2024 - 13:41:02

The Tory MP, who had his arms and legs amputated, will attend Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday Eddie Mulholland Tory MP Craig Mackinlay has returned to the House of Commons for the first time since he lost his arms and legs to sepsis

The Tory MP, who had his arms and legs amputated, will attend Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday

: Eddie Mulholland

Tory MP Craig Mackinlay has returned to the House of Commons for the first time since he lost his arms and legs to sepsis.

He was seen meeting Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Speaker, before attending Prime Minister’s Questions later.

The 57-year-old MP for South Thanet required a quadruple amputation after developing blood clots that left his arms and legs blackened.

His legs were amputated below the knee and his arms below the elbow in a single procedure taking five hours on Dec 1.

His wife Kati and their four-year-old daughter Olivia will be sitting in the public gallery to mark his return to Parliament.


Mr Mackinlay, who was elected to represent South Thanet in 2015 after defeating Ukip’s Nigel Farage, is determined to continue as MP and will contest the next election.

He plans to campaign for better treatment for amputees after being forced to go private for state-of-the-art multifunctional hands that would take at least two years to receive on the NHS. He said any successful campaign would be too late to help him.

The new hands will cost in the region of £100,000. He described the hands given to him by the NHS as “medieval” and “good for fighting and smashing windows but not much else”.


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