More MPs are leaving parliament before their time is up


The recent departure of VVD MP Foort van Oosten to become mayor of Nissewaard brings the number of MPs quitting before the end of their four-year term to 13, RTL Nieuws reports.

Of the MPs that have left, four have become mayors or aldermen, one accepted a job abroad and eight left for personal reasons.

Bert van den Braak of parliamentary documentation centre PDC, said the number of MPs that abandon their post prematurely is not ‘excessively high’.

‘Between 1977 and 1981 some 50 MPs left, but that included MPs who went on to become members of the cabinet,’ Van den Braak told RTL. What has changed is the period spent as MPs. ‘They don’t leave after years and years but after only 18 months.’

Parliamentary chairwoman Khadija Arib MPs told the broadcaster that MPs ‘should complete their terms.’ ‘I am not happy about it. It is a shame, that is all I can say,’ she told RTL.

Political commentator Frits Wester said the turnover has increased considerably in the last 10 years.

‘The profession of MP has become a much more uncertain one. The political fragmentation means some parties can lose up to ten seats at the time. That is the reason politicians run for the shelter of another job when it presents itself,’ he said.

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