Campaign for Verdonk's return

19th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

19 September 2007, AMSTERDAM – The VVD may hold a referendum on whether Rita Verdonk should be allowed to return to the party's faction in Parliament. Jan Talen has started a petition to call a members' meeting. Ten percent of the 42 thousand VVD members must sign the petition for the meeting to be held.

19 September 2007

AMSTERDAM – The VVD may hold a referendum on whether Rita Verdonk should be allowed to return to the party's faction in Parliament. Jan Talen has started a petition to call a members' meeting. Ten percent of the 42 thousand VVD members must sign the petition for the meeting to be held.

Talen says this meeting should decide whether a referendum on Verdonk should be organised. Talen says that the decision not to let Verdonk return to the faction was undemocratic.

The decision was taken on Saturday during a party conference in Veldhoven. Talen: "Not all the members knew what the agenda for that meeting was."

A spokesperson for VVD chairman Jan van Zanen has rejected the argument. "Rabble-rousing. The agenda was revised at the last moment because of what was going on in politics." That caused the same amount of inconvenience to everyone.

Verdonk was expelled from the party's faction last week by party leader Mark Rutte. She will continue in Parliament on her own, but remains a member of the VVD party. The party executive is currently working on annulling her membership.

Talen is a VVD city council member in Staphorst and chairman of the Liberal Network, a group of small business owners in the VVD. He said on Wednesday that he already had more than half of the 4,200 signatures needed. "A great many branch executives throughout the country have already said they will support this petition."

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

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