Hero Brinkman, the former PVV parliamentarian who left the national party on Tuesday, has stepped out of the party in Noord-Holland province where he is also a councillor.
Three other of the five-strong PVV grouping on the provincial council have also quit and will join Brinkman in a new group which has not yet been named.
PVV councillors in the other 11 provinces pledged to continue to support PVV leader Geert Wilders in a string of votes on Wednesday night.
Brinkman also told reporters the youth day which the Noord-Holland party had organised will go ahead, but no longer under PVV auspices. ‘We are going to appeal to a broad group, and that includes youngsters,’ he said.
Brinkman stepped down on Tuesday citing the lack of democracy within the PVV and the tendency to single out specific groups in society for criticism.
According to the Telegraaf, he is now writing a book about the party which will be published before the end of the year. The former policeman has already confirmed suspicions that US lobbyists give considerable funding to the party, which has no members and therefore relies on donations to fund its campaigning.
‘There are different groups, such as entrepreneurs, who want to help Geert,’ Brinkman is quoted as saying. ‘Not just lobby groups, it is wider. Networks of people who are busy on the same lines.’
The Telegraaf says American conservative writer David Horowitz, founder of the Middle East Forum Daniel Pipes and right-wing blogger and networker Pamela Geller are among Wilders’ US backers.
The PVV leader’s new book is due to be launched in the US on April 30.
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