50PLUS
Abbreviation50+
LeaderMartin van Rooijen
ChairmanPeter Schut
Leader in the SenateMartin van Rooijen
Founded2009
Preceded byParty for Justice, Action and Progress
HeadquartersKneuterdijk 2,
The Hague
Think tankWetenschappelijk Bureau 50PLUS
Membership (2019)Decrease 5,701[1]
IdeologyPensioners' interests[2][3]
Populism[4]
Soft Euroscepticism[5][6][7]
Political positionCentre[8][9]
Colours  Purple
Senate
2 / 75
House of Representatives
0 / 150
King's Commissioners
0 / 12
Provincial councils
16 / 570
European Parliament
0 / 29
Website
50pluspartij.nl

50PLUS (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈvɛiftəx plʏs]; abbreviated 50+) is a political party in the Netherlands that advocates pensioners' interests.[2][3] The party was founded in 2009 by Maurice Koopman, Alexander Münninghoff, and Jan Nagel. Henk Krol served as the party's leader from 2016 to 2020.

The party first participated in the 2011 provincial elections, in which it won nine seats. It currently holds sixteen seats in the provincial councils and two seats in the Senate. On 6 May 2021, Liane den Haan, the party's leader and sole representative in the House of Representatives, left 50PLUS following an internal dispute.[10]

Electoral results

House of Representatives

Election Lijsttrekker Votes % Seats +/– Government
2012 Henk Krol 177,631 1.9 (#11)
2 / 150
Increase 2 Opposition
2017 327,131 3.1 (#10)
4 / 150
Increase 2 Opposition
2021 Liane den Haan 106,658 1.0 (#15)
1 / 150
Decrease 3 Opposition (2021)
No seats (2021-)

Senate

Election Votes % Seats +/– Government
2011 2,193 1.3
1 / 75
Increase 1 Opposition
2015 4,388 2.6
2 / 75
Increase 1 Opposition
2019 5,251 3.0
2 / 75
Steady 0 Opposition

European Parliament

Election List Votes % Seats +/– Notes
2014 List 175,343 3.69 (#10)
0 / 26
New
2019 List 215,199 3.91 (#9)
1 / 26
Increase 1

Provincial councils

Election Votes % Seats +/– Notes
2011 (#10)
9 / 566
New
2015 (#10)
14 / 570
Increase 5

Municipal councils

Municipality 2018
Votes % Seats
Assen 2,652 9.1% 3 of 33
Apeldoorn 4,764 6.8% 3 of 39
Breda 4,211 5.8% 2 of 39
The Hague 4,444 2.3% 1 of 45
Den Bosch 1,936 3.0% 1 of 39
Eindhoven 3,249 3.9% 2 of 45
Emmen 1,329 3.0% 1 of 39
Gooise meren 2,273 8.4% 2 of 31
Hardenberg 1,945 6.9% 2 of 33
Helmond 2,265 7.7% 3 of 37
Leeuwarden 1,634 4.1% 1 of 39
Maasgouw 898 9.0% 1 of 19
Maastricht 1,389 2.9% 1 of 39
Nijmegen 3,001 3.7% 1 of 39
Rotterdam 7,359 3.2% 1 of 45
Sittard-Geleen 1.524 3.6% 1 of 37
Terneuzen 915 3.9% 1 of 31
Tilburg 3,182 4.1% 2 of 45
Venlo 2,784 7.0% 3 of 39

Organization

Leadership

Representation

Senate

Current members of the Senate since the 2015 election:

See also

References

  1. ^ "Forum voor Democratie vierde ledenpartij, middenpartijen verliezen juist veel leden". NRC (in Dutch). Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b Andeweg, R. and G. Irwin Politics and Governance in the Netherlands, Basingstoke (Palgrave) p.49
  3. ^ a b Nordsieck, Wolfram (2021). "Netherlands". Parties and Elections in Europe. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  4. ^ "De opmars van 50Plus". AD. 16 November 2016. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  5. ^ Benjamin LeRuth; Yordan Kutiyski; André Krouwel; Nicholas J Startin (2017). "Does the Information Source Matter? Newspaper Readership, Political Preferences and Attitudes Toward the EU in the UK, France and the Netherlands". In Manuela Caiani; Simona Guerra (eds.). Euroscepticism, Democracy and the Media: Communicating Europe, Contesting Europe. Palgrave Macmillan UK. p. 105. ISBN 978-1-137-59643-7.
  6. ^ Jort Statema; Paul Aarts. Timo Behr; Teija Tiilikainen (eds.). The Netherlands: Follow Washington, Be a Good European. Northern Europe and the Making of the EU's Mediterranean and Middle East Policies. note on p. 237.
  7. ^ Rudy B. Andeweg; Galen A. Irwin (2014). Governance and Politics of the Netherlands (4th ed.). Palgrave Macmillan. p. 74.
  8. ^ Hans Keman (2008), "The Low Countries: Confrontation and Coalition in Segmented Societies", Comparative European Politics, Taylor & Francis, p. 221
  9. ^ José Magone (3 July 2013). Contemporary European Politics: A Comparative Introduction. Routledge. p. 533. ISBN 978-1-136-93397-4.
  10. ^ "50Plus verdwijnt uit de Kamer: Den Haan stapt op en neemt zetel mee". NOS (in Dutch). 6 May 2021. Retrieved 6 May 2021.