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Council member joins Verdonk

19 October 2007 - Centrum district council member Mark Doorn (VVD) will step down to join Rita Verdonk’s new ‘Proud of the Netherlands’ movement. Populist Verdonk was recently thrown out of the VVD after a conflict with the more liberal party leader Mark Rutte.

Last month, Doorn told News from Amsterdam that in case Verdonk should start a new movement, he would want to be a part of that from the beginning. At that time, he added that he intended to serve his full time as VVD council member too. He thought there would be no problem as long as he would not become politically active for Verdonk.

However, today he said he changed his mind and decided to step down after all, even though he says the local VVD did not want rid of him. “It did not feel right to stay on as VVD council member while campaigning for Rita’s movement”. He says his decision had nothing to do with problems within the Centrum VVD party group (its leader recently stepped down).

The new movement has not planned any activities in Amsterdam yet and it is still unknown whether it will participate in the 2010 municipal elections. Verdonk adviser Ed Sinke will speak at a meeting of the Amsterdam VVD next Monday.


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