A Socialist Party MP is leaving parliament because she does not feel she can combine her work as a parliamentarian with being a mother.
Nine Kooiman, 37, has been an MP for nearly eight years and had her first child last year.
‘I realise that I am finding it hard to balance motherhood with being an MP and that means I cannot be the MP I would like to be,’ Kooiman said in a statement. ‘It was a difficult choice but eventually I decided to leave parliament this week.’
Kooiman, who is the party’s spokeswoman on healthcare, will be replaced by Henk van Gerven.
‘I cannot sit still so I will be back in a new job, but then working with people full-time. That is where I think I feel most at home,’ she told the AD.
It is unclear if she will claim wachtgeld, the special jobless benefit for MPs while looking for a new job. Ministers and MPs are entitled to 80% of their salary for one year. Subsequent payments which can last several years are made at 70% rate.
Lieve mensen, het was mij een eer en een groot genoegen. Ik neem afscheid van de Tweede Kamer. Lees hier waarom. https://t.co/zi4Cp4hO0C
— Nine Kooiman (@NineKooiman) March 27, 2018
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