Rutte expels Verdonk from faction

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13 September 2007, AMSTERDAM – Liberal VVD leader Mark Rutte has expelled Rita Verdonk from the party's faction in Parliament. She will decide in the coming 24 hours whether to continue on in Parliament as an independent MP.

13 September 2007

AMSTERDAM – Liberal VVD leader Mark Rutte has expelled Rita Verdonk from the party's faction in Parliament. She will decide in the coming 24 hours whether to continue on in Parliament as an independent MP.

The faction met on Thursday to discuss the position of the former minister of immigration affairs. Earlier this week Verdonk voiced criticism on the political direction the VVD is taking.

Party leader Mark Rutte had warned Verdonk after earlier clashes that he would no longer tolerate any critical remarks from her in public.

Rutte and Verdonk spoke for about 30 minutes on Thursday morning. Verdonk reportedly said that her comments quoted in the newspapers today had been taken out of context. At about 12.45 the faction meeting began.

The meeting was called after a report in the Telegraaf this morning which quoted Verdonk as saying that the "VVD had become invisible in the immigration debate and we must do something about it," during a closed dinner on Monday.

She stressed at the time that she supported party leader Mark Rutte.

The AD reports that Verdonk also said that her party "was not listening to the voters," at a meeting in Utrecht. Cooperation with Geert Wilders' Freedom Party PVV was not an option, she said, but she would not rule out the PVV as a possible coalition party in future.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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