VVD members support Verdonk
8 October 2007, THE HAGUE – "If it had not been for me, Rita Verdonk would have been expelled long ago, " VVD city councillor Jan Talen from Staphorst commented. Talen has been staging an action for Verdonk's restoration since she was expelled from the VVD' s parliamentary faction.
8 October 2007
THE HAGUE – "If it had not been for me, Rita Verdonk would have been expelled long ago, " VVD city councillor Jan Talen from Staphorst commented. Talen has been staging an action for Verdonk's restoration since she was expelled from the VVD' s parliamentary faction.
His action group called ‘UitlegZo' has collected almost 4,200 signatures from angry VVD members. That is 10 percent of the total VVD membership. This is enough to hold an extra members' meeting. At that meeting, Talen, who said he is supported by 15 VVD branches, will urge the party to hold a referendum among the party members. The members could then vote on the question of whether the party executive is allowed to revoke Verdonk's party membership.
Verdonk is now in Parliament as a one-person faction but she is still a member of the VVD. Talen feels that this situation should continue. And it would therefore be better if the party executive kept a low profile. "If the party executive decides to expel Mrs Verdonk, I will submit a motion of no-confidence against them. It would absolutely lead to a split in the party." The party executive is to discuss the situation concerning Verdonk now that a mediation attempt by three honorary VVD members has failed.
The liberals lost 528 members after Verdonk was expelled from the VVD faction. Members of Parliament were urged to telephone the party members who had cancelled their membership. "Maximum after care was necessary," VVD faction leader Mark Rutte said. The telephone action was successful: 377 new members applied for membership, among them some who had initially cancelled their membership.
Is Jan Talen's threatening language serving the party interest? He believes it is. "It is simple: the party must restore unity. And that is only possible if Verdonk is not expelled." The party executive holds a different viewpoint. ‘These actions will only lead to more controversy. ‘.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
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