LPF ditches new MP
UPDATED 7 July 2006, AMSTERDAM — Gonny van Oudenallen is not welcome in the LPF party's parliamentary group, leader Gerard van As announced on Friday.
UPDATED 7 July 2006
AMSTERDAM — Gonny van Oudenallen is not welcome in the LPF party's parliamentary group, leader Gerard van As announced on Friday.
It is probable Van Oudenallen will sit as an independent MP until the general election in November. It seems very unlikely she will win re-election to the next parliament.
Given her place on the LPF candidates' list for the 2003 election, Van Oudenallen - real name H. F. M. Koster - should automatically replace MP Margot Kraneveldt, who resigned this week and defected to Labour (PvdA) this week.
But Van As confirmed to a news programme on Wednesday night that the party has doubts about Van Oudenallen's integrity while she was a councillor for Amsterdam local party 'Mokum Mobiel'.
She was one of several councillors caught up in allegations of misusing party subsidies. Van Oudenallen had to repay EUR 69,782 her one-person party received for 2002 and 2003. She denied any wrongdoing and said she can account for every cent.
She spent EUR 21,000 of the funds in 2003 to hire the creative think tank 'Studio Dreams Come True' to give her advice on how to mount eye-catching campaigns. The company was founded by Van Oudenallen in 1987.
She claimed she did not know it was against the rules to use the subsidy to pay her own company. Documents in support of her case were provided to the LPF on Wednesday.
Van As also speculated Van Oudenallen could run into difficulty with the parliamentary commission responsible for vetting new MPs.
There is also the question of her name. She is known as Gonny van Oudenallen in Amsterdam but was listed by the electoral commission under her real name 'H. F. M. Koster' in 2003.
She claimed this cost her a seat at the time. She was number eight on the LPF list and the party won eight seats. But former immigration minister Hilbrand Nawijn leapfrogged over her on preference votes. More Amsterdammers would have voted for her if she was listed as 'Gonny van Oudenallen', she said.
Nawijn has since broken away from the LPF and set up his own party. If she does the same, the LPF will be reduced to six seats. This is just one more than they need to guarantee the survival of the minority Christian Democrat-Liberal government in tight votes.
Van Oudenallen said on Wednesday she has research of her own to carry out. "I haven't been following national politics for a number of months now. Therefore, I don't know what the LPF currently stands for. I will have to look into this," she told newspaper 'NRC Handelsblad'.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
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