Louis Bontes
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
17 June 2010 – 23 March 2017
Member of the European Parliament
for the Netherlands
In office
14 July 2009 – 17 June 2010
Personal details
Born (1956-02-28) 28 February 1956 (age 66)
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Political partyVNL (2014–2015)
Other political
PVV (2009–2013)
Residence(s)Hellevoetsluis, Netherlands
Alma materThe Hague University of Applied Science
Utrecht University
OccupationPolice officer
Website(in Dutch) Party for Freedom website

Louis Bontes (Dutch pronunciation: [luˈi ˈbɔntəs]; born 28 February 1956) is a Dutch politician and former police officer. He was a member of the European Parliament (2009–2010) and a member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands (2010–2017) for the Party for Freedom (PVV) until 2013 and as an independent since. He was the cofounder and chairman of the political party For the Netherlands (VNL) from 2014 to 2015.

Early life and career

Louis Bontes was born on 28 February 1956 in Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

He worked many years in the Dutch police force, towards the end as district commander harbor for the Rotterdam-Rijnmond area.


Bontes represented the Party for Freedom (PVV) until 2013, and focused on matters of the European Union, civil law, security, police and foreign policy (Africa, Middle and South America). From 2009 to 2010, he was an MEP for the PVV. In October 2013, after Bontes talked to the media about his being disappointed with the methods of the PVV, the party's parliamentary group expelled him.[1]

Bontes remained in parliament as an independent, and stated he would keep voting along with the PVV.[1] In May 2014, Bontes founded the political party For the Netherlands (VNL) with other former PVV members Joram van Klaveren, and Johan Driessen. Bontes stepped down as chairman of VNL, after Bram Moszkowicz was selected to become lijsttrekker in the next elections.[2]

Bontes has been banned from entry to Russia since 2015.[3]

His term in the House ended on 23 March 2017.[4]


  1. ^ a b (in Dutch) "PVV zet Kamerlid Louis Bontes uit fractie", Algemeen Dagblad, 2013.
  2. ^ (in Dutch) Marije Willems, "Bontes weg bij VNL om Moszkowicz", NRC Handelsblad, 2015. Retrieved on 20 April 2015.
  3. ^ Three Dutch MPs banned from entering Russia: foreign ministry, DutchNews.nl, 29 May 2015
  4. ^ "Drs. L. (Louis) Bontes" (in Dutch). Parlement.com. Retrieved 7 April 2017.