DESCRIBING his condition, which he claims is still debilitating, Mr Holness said: “My calves swell up, I can’t stand up too long and I can’t sit down for very long. “The first blood clots I had in my legs were in 2002, one in my left leg and one in my right leg. “I went to Ashford one morning, and I felt a tingling in the back of my calf. “I went to the doctor, but he said it was just muscle pain. “Then my calf swelled up to three times the size it should be.” Mr Holness was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and was prescribed drugs to thin his blood. In September 2005, a Department of Work and Pensions’ medical check up concluded that he was well enough to return to work. An official tribunal took place in Ashford in January 2006, which Mr Holness did not attend. In his absence the doctor’s original decision was confirmed. Mr Holness says he was admitted to the William Harvey Hospital again in October 2005 with another suspected blood clot.