Several PvdA Ministers are calling for calm and unity following a crushing defeat in the parliamentary election on Wednesday. According to the labor leaders, a reckoning now fixes nothing, Het Parool reports.
A change in leadership was confirmed on Friday at the top of the PvdA, the Labour Party of the Netherlands. The new party leader is current Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher, party chairman Hans Spekman announced in Amsterdam.
Asscher defeated Diederik Samsom by a nine percent margin, winning 54.5 percent of the vote. Asscher had decided fairly late in the process to challenge Samsom for the leadership.
Parliamentarian Jacques Monasch left the PvdA and cancelled his membership to the paryt, he announced on Monday afternoon. He is, however, holding on to his seat in parliament, NU.nl reports.
"I do this with a lot of grief. I've been a member of the PvdA since I was 16. I worked in all conres of the country for the party. But I think that the PvdA should be loyal to itself and show itself respect. They are now going a way that I can no longer take because i think we should be an open party, especially now that things are so difficult", Monasch said, according to the newspaper.
The PvdA is focusing on fighting discrimination in its campaign for next year's elections. The party wants a harsher approach by considering racism a hate crime with higher penalties and dedicating specialized police officers to address the problem, AD reports.
The party wants to use "naming and shaming" against employers who discriminate against their employees or prospective employees. The party also feels that the police and Public Prosecutor should put more effort into catching and prosecuting racists.
PvdA parliamentarian Roos Vermeij will not be returning to the Tweede Kamer - the lower house of Dutch parliament - after the elections in March 2017. After 11 years as a MP, she told her party, it is time for something new
The PvdA found a new, cheaper location for their party offices. The party leadership will be using the former ING offices on Haarlemmerweg in Amsterdam-West from early September, party chairman Hans Spekman said on Facebook.
The PvdA is exchanging its large and expensive office on the Herengracht for a building that is cheaper and more accessible, party chairman Hans Spekman announced on Friday. "The canal building is way too expensive", he said to news wire ANP.
A group of 30 prominent PvdA members in Friesland wrote an open letter in which they criticize party chairman Hans Spekman and party leader Diederik Samsom. In the letter, published in the Leeuwarder Courant on Monday, the PvdA'ers accuse the leadership of ignoring the party members, the party's direction and giving members and voters nothing in return.
The PvdA removed supporters of the Turkish AK party from local electoral lists in the 2014 municipal elections, party chairman Hans Spekman said in NRC on Wednesday.
PvdA leaders Diederik Samsom and Hans Spekman will not be prosecuted for hate speech on statements they made about Moroccans, the court in Amsterdam ruled on Tuesday. The PVV asked the court to compel the Public Prosecutor to prosecute them for group insult and incitement to discrimination against people because of their race, the Volkskrant reports.
If someone assassinates Geert Wilders, all of the Netherlands will know that the blood is on the PvdA's hands, the furious PVV leader said in response to PvdA chair Hans Spekman calling him a danger to democracy and society.
Hans Spekman, chairman of the PvdA, thinks that PVV leader Geert Wilders is "dangerous" to democracy and society with his statements and calls on the public to revolt against asylum seekers
Utrecht has lost more than 20 million euros in the financial debacle surrounding FC Utrecht's Galgenwaard stadium and the municipality had decided to withdraw from the mess. PvdA chairman Hans Spekman, however, is ignoring the VVD's calls for him to hand in his free season tickets for life.
The Labor Party (PvdA) should change its course, many current and former party supporters said according to the most recent polling data from Maurice de Hond. Over half of respondents, 55 percent in total, said party leader Diederik Samsom should step down.
As election day rolled on into Wednesday night, political leaders in the Netherlands came out of the woodwork to address their parties and give their reactions to early exit polling. The polls showed drops in support for the coalition parties VVD and PvdA, as well as a surprise slide for anti-Islam PVV, with significant gains for D66, and more modest gains for the SP and the conservative Christian alliance CU/SGP.
The PvdA is drastically changing course. The party wants to break with the managerial attitudes and transform itself into a community and workplace party.
PvdA chairman Hans Spekman thinks that the party should be more active now that many of the Cabinet's plans have been adopted. Spekman sees the raging uncertainty about the decentralization in health care and feels that the PvdA should be on top of it.
The Public Prosecution Authority (OM) has so far received 120 complaints from people against PvdA-leaders Diederik Samsom and Hans Spekman after a call from PVV-leader Geert Wilders. The OM has also heard from 5,000 people about Geert Wilders' anti-Moroccan remarks during the municipal elections, the Volkskrant reports.
The PvdA launched a website on Sunday, which is criticizes PVV-leader Geert Wilders. The site is called Wilders' Friends, or, devriendenvanwilders.eu, comes during the preliminaries of the European Parliamentary elections, and lists Wilders' standpoints, framed by the comments of what the PvdA terms as his 'friends' in the elections.
Vice Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher (PvdA) has said that the Geert Wilders-led PVV party is in a state of panic.
Labor leader Diederik Samsom emailed an apology to many of the local PvdA groups last week after the city council elections on Wednesday, for the historic losses the party suffered.
PvdA leader Hans Spekman has publicly disagreed with his party’s board member’s Fouad Sidali calling comparing Geert Wilders with Adolf Hitler.
PVV-leader is steadfast behind the controversial comment he made about the entire Moroccan population on the campaign trail in The Hague, Wednesday.