Labour sinks to lowest level in polls

The Labour party (PvdA) would win just 13 seats if there was a general election tomorrow, its worst showing since the party was founded in 1946, according to the latest Maurice de Hond opinion poll.

The party currently has 33 seats in the 150-seat lower house of parliament.
De Hond carried out the poll because there is growing unease about the functioning of parliamentary party leader MariĆ«tte Hamer. Last week, it emerged party stalwart Diederik Samsom had emailed MPs about the ‘deplorable state’ of the party and calling for action.
According to De Hond, some 60% of Labour voters want Hamer to be replaced by Samsom.
At a party meeting on Saturday, chairmwoman Liliane Ploumen said the party would not be ‘driven crazy’ by the claims. And there was no talk of a ‘crisis meeting’, sources told the Volkskrant.
The next big test of popular support for the Labour party will come at the local council elections in March 2010.

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