PvdA leader Lillian Blumen prefers to lead her party after the election as group chair in the House of Representatives rather than as deputy prime minister in Rota’s new government. She said that on the TV show WNL on Sunday.
Blumen reiterated that she would prefer to become prime minister, but in opinion polls, the VVD led by Prime Minister Rota is still ahead of all other parties. When asked, if PvdA forms a new government with this party, she said, Ploumen would choose to remain a member of Parliament.
Make the PvdA sound heard
“You stunned me a little with that question. But I don’t want to escape from it either. And I would say I’d rather be in the hall then.” She believes that she can make PvdA’s voice well heard from the House of Representatives and then have a huge influence in the Cabinet through the PvdA Ministers who sit in it.
Under the government of VVD-PvdA Rutte II, PvdA leader Diederik Samson also led the party from the House of Representatives. Ludewijk Asher was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Social Affairs on behalf of PvdA in that government.
Blumen took office a few weeks before Asher as party leader. He left due to his role in the benefits issue. She repeated again that her party would not go to Cabinet without GroenLinks or the SP, and that she would only participate if the minimum wage was raised.