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Since the electoral success of the new GroenLinks-PvdA on 22 November, winning 8 seats, thousands of people have registered as members.
GroenLinks gained 2,242 new members in the week following the election. “The increase this week is several times larger than in previous elections,” says a GroenLinks spokesperson. “It’s about returning members and people who have never been a member of any party.” The growth in PvdA is also eye-catching, according to a company spokesperson. The party was able to register 1,502 new members. In two previous elections, the party said its membership increased by 100 to 300 members.
According to a PvdA spokesman, the gain can be attributed not only to the success of the parties, but also to the shock to the progressive Netherlands that more than 1 in 4 voters appear to be ready for an extreme, radical or extremist turn. Right to vote party. In GroenLinks, this link is less productive.
According to a PvdA spokesman, the increase in the number of members “is related to the election results.” “People who find these things disappointing will look for parties that respond to them.” GroenLinks doesn’t dare link individual growth to PVV’s big win last week. “But it was remarkable that right after the first exit poll we had a new registration every few minutes.”
The United Left, which is officially two parties, will have about 75,000 members if it wins, a record for the largest left-wing party that has not been achieved in more than 30 years. For PvdA, the growth is an added boost. The last time the Socialists achieved significant growth in membership was after they won elections in 2012. In a membership referendum, GroenLinks-PvdA members will decide this month whether the parties will also participate jointly in next year’s European elections. In 2019, Frans Timmermans successfully won those elections. Wilders’ PVV party was then unable to gain a seat.
Other parties also made gains in membership. Peter Omtzgut’s new party claims to have more than 800 new members. Party for the Animals and D66 also counted hundreds of new registrations. On the other hand, right-wing newcomers BBB and JA21 had to lose members. The VVD party – which suffered a heavy blow in the elections – did not want to cooperate with the NOS investigations.
The smallest party in The Hague remains the Freedom Party, which has only one member, founder Wilders. The one-man party hopes to remain this large, because the party believes that democracy leads to its weakening. This vision is not limited to parties, and it appears to constitute a stumbling block in formation at the present time. The Party for Freedom became the largest in terms of number of seats in the last elections, thanks mainly to dissident party members and non-voters who saw a reason to go to the polls in the anti-democratic party.
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