Local election news, 8 March 2006

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Labour dominates Amsterdam, The Labour Party (PvdA) scored a historic victory in the Dutch capital, a traditional stronghold. The party increased its number of seats on the city council from 15 to 20, while the government parties (VVD, CDA and D66) all lost one or more seats. Green-left GroenLinks held on to its six seats and the Socialist Party increased its number of councillors from four to six. Father-and-son team Henk Bakker and Henk Jr. lost both the seats for Leefbaar Amsterdam, and Mokum Mobile als

Labour dominates Amsterdam

The Labour Party (PvdA) scored a historic victory in the Dutch capital, a traditional stronghold. The party increased its number of seats on the city council from 15 to 20, while the government parties (VVD, CDA and D66) all lost one or more seats. Green-left GroenLinks held on to its six seats and the Socialist Party increased its number of councillors from four to six. Father-and-son team Henk Bakker and Henk Jr. lost both the seats for Leefbaar Amsterdam, and Mokum Mobile also lost its seat. Amsterdam Anders/De Groenen held its seat.

Labour became the largest party on all of Amsterdam's 14 district councils and will provide the chairperson for each district. The party was the largest in nine districts are the 2002 election. This time even the traditional liberal fortress of ZuiderAmstel and Oud Zuid fell to Labour.

Labour has an absolute majority in four districts: it won 17 of the 29 seats on the district council in Zuid Oost; 10 of the 17 seats in Bos en Lommer; 11 of the 21 seats in Slotervaart and 10 of the 21 in Geuzenveld.

Leefbaar Rotterdam out of executive

Marco Pastors of Leefbaar Rotterdam (LR) has ruled out joining a coalition with Labour (PvdA) to run Rotterdam for the next four years. LR came from nowhere to win 17 seats and become the biggest party in 2002. Four years later its tally of seats was cut to 14, as Labour leap-frogged over it with an increase of 7 seats to 18. The Christian Democrats dropped two seat to three and the Liberals (VVD) lost one to end on 3. The Socialist Party gained two and now has three councillors in Rotterdam.  

Hague Liberals give way to Labour

The Liberal Party (VVD) lost its position as the largest party in The Hague on Tuesday when it dropped one seat to 10. Labour (PvdA) jumped 5 to 15, while the Christian Democrats (CDA) lost two of its seven seats. The three parties have run the city in coalition in the last four years.

Utrecht turns red

The reversal for the Leefbaar movement in the 2006 local elections was particularly apparent in Utrecht. Leefbaar Utrecht (LU) lost 11 of its 14 seats as Labour (PvdA) rose from seven to 14. LU leader Walther Lenting resigned on Wednesday. The other main parties hung on to the seats won in 2002, while the Socialist Party added two to its 2002 total of 3, and the ChristenUnie now has two compared to the one it captured in 2002.

'Wiegelsaurus' rules out return

Retired Liberal (VVD) heavyweight Hans Wiegel made clear on Wednesday he does not intend to return to national politics. Known as the 'Tyrannosaurus', Wiegel entered the local election fray long enough to belittle Labour leader Wouter Bos and insult the D66, the VVD's coalition partner. His intervention gave rise to speculation he would lead the VVD into the general election in 2007.

Student is youngest winning leader

Bernhard van Houwelingen has become the youngest leader of a party to win a seat in the local elections. The electorate awarded the 18-year-old student's party 'Transparante Partij voor Algemeen Belang' with two seats in Hardinxveld-Giessendam. The party which stands for transparency and the general interest of the region rather than party politics refers to itself as 'T@B'.

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Subject: Dutch news

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