Election: British prime minister backs VVD and ChristenUnie?
Britain’s prime minister David Cameron appears to have given an endorsement in the general election to Arie Slob, leader of the small Christian party ChristenUnie.
ChristenUnie’s website states that the party is part of the ECR alliance in the European parliament with Britain’s Conservative Party, but does not explain how Cameron came to make the statement.
‘My party works hand in hand with the ChristianUnion in the European Parliament to achieve a more efficient, less interfering Europe that is committed to peace, security and trade,’ Cameron’s statement reads.
‘Arie Slob has shown a real determination to play a key part in leading the Netherlands through the present crisis. Like him, I want a strong society in which families, associations and faith communities can show what people can achieve together when they work together to build a better country. He has a great contribution to make.’
The NRC points out that last month Cameron made a speech in which he praised Mark Rutte, leader of the right-wing Liberal VVD.
‘At a time when the Netherlands is making important choices about the future, I would just like to say a few words about your leader,’ Cameron says. As prime ministers ‘we work together closely on many issues’, he continues, before going on to list three things which make Rutte stand out.
‘First he is a man who gets things done,’ Cameron says. ‘He is completely focused on getting government to do what the people need it to do.’ The British prime minister also praises Rutte’s role in the European debate and ends by wishing Rutte ‘and everyone in your party the best of luck’.
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