Thursday 04 June 2020

VVD expels controversial MP from parliamentary party, eradicating coalition majority

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The ruling VVD has expelled one of its 33 MPs from the parliamentary party because he has broken agreements on putting his property rental company at arms length.

Wybren van Haga came under fire on Monday when it emerged his property firm had been carried out illegal renovations on a listed building in Haarlem and that he had ‘aggressively’ approached tenants to find out who had complained.

Last year Haga was also in trouble when it emerged his company, Sjopperdepop, had broken Amsterdam’s tough rules on renting homes to more than two adults who are not related.

After an internal inquiry the party said then he could remain an MP, on the condition he was no longer involved in the running of the company.

However, parliamentary party leader Klaas Dijkhoff said on Tuesday, ‘I have concluded that there has been interference and the strict separation has not been adhered to.’

Van Haga has not yet said if he will leave parliament or claim his seat and stay on as an independent.

The decision to expel him has eradicated the four-party coalition’s majority in the lower house of parliament.

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