Monday 24 February 2020

Political records

News magazine HP/De Tijd entertains its readers this week with a round up of political records.
Weirdest political party: PLN, the party for the liquidation of the Netherlands, in 1981.

Strangest campaign: 1977, when Moluccan activitists hijacked a train and took over a school. The sieges were ended violently after the election.
Most united councils in 2003: In Tubbergen, 71.8% voted for the CDA and in Urk, 33.4% backed the fundamentalist Christian party, SGP.
Highest scoring party: The CDA under Ruud Lubbers took 54 seats in 1989 and 1986
Biggest electoral loss: 22 seats. Labour under Ad Melkert in 2002.
Biggest electoral gain: In 2002, the LPF took 26 seats from scratch following the murder of party founder Pim Fortuyn. Labour under Wouter Bos added 19 seats in 2003.
Youngest MP: Labour’s Sharon Dijksma was just 23 in 1994. has been free for 13 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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