Tuesday 27 October 2020

All right: PVV, VVD and ex-FvD benefit from extra EU parliament seats

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The three extra seats that the Netherlands has been allocated in the European parliament following Britain’s departure will go to the far-right PVV, ruling right-wing Liberals and new party GO, the splinter party formed by former Forum voor Democratie campaigner Henk Otten.

The PVV seat gives its European campaign leader Marcel de Graaff a seat in Brussels once again. Geert Wilders’ anti-EU party lost all its seats at the European elections last year.

Bart Groothuis will take up the seat on behalf of the VVD, taking the party’s total in Brussels to five.

Dorien Rookmaker will take the seat which would have been allocated to Forum. She left the FvD to join Otten’s splinter group and is currently in the senate. However, the MEP job is hers because she was next on the list of Forum’s candidates at the time of the election.

The three extra seats take the Dutch total in the European parliament to 29. All three candidates have 10 days to decide if they want to take up their seats.

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