GroenLinks leads the way in Utrecht local council battle


Left-wing green party GroenLinks is on target to become the biggest party in Utrecht in the March 21 vote, according to a new poll by Maurice de Hond.

The poll was carried out by De Hond for GroenLinks, which was beaten by the Liberal democratic party D66 in the last local elections. With two months to go to the vote, it puts GroenLinks on 10 seats in the 45 seat council, a rise of one on 2014. D66 is on nine seats, a loss of four on 2014.

Newcomers Denk and the anti-immigration PVV would both win two seats, the poll shows.

A similar poll earlier this month by De Hond and focusing on Amsterdam also showed D66 struggling to hold onto its lead.  That poll said D66, which has 14 seats at present, may see that shrink to nine, following the departure of prominent local members Jan Paternotte and Kajsa Ollongren to The Hague.

By contrast, GroenLinks, who are calling for car-free zones and action to reduce tourism, are poised to increase their share of the vote to nine seats, up from six at present.

GroenLinks was also the big winner in the 2017 general election but opted out of taking part in the new government.

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