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The 50PLUS (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈfɛiftɪx plʏs]), abbreviated to 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, a politician formerly connected to the Labour Party and Livable Netherlands. Henk Krol has been the Leader since 2016.

50PLUS
Abbreviation50+
LeaderHenk Krol
ChairmanGeert Dales
Leader in the SenateJan Nagel
Leader in the House of RepresentativesHenk Krol
Founded2009
HeadquartersKneuterdijk 2
The Hague
Youth wingNone
ThinktankWetenschappelijk Bureau 50PLUS
Membership (2019)Decrease 5,701[1]
IdeologyPensioners' interests[2][3]
Populism[4]
Soft Euroscepticism[5][6][7]
Political positionCentre[8][9]
European affiliationNone
International affiliationNone
European Parliament groupNone
ColoursPurple
Senate
2 / 75
House of Representatives
4 / 150
King's Commissioners
0 / 12
States-Provincial
17 / 570
European Parliament
1 / 26
Website
www.50pluspartij.nl

The party first participated in elections during the Dutch provincial elections of 2011. During these elections the party obtained 9 seats in the States-Provincial. In the Dutch Senate election of 2011 the members of the States-Provincial elected the members of the new Senate. During these elections, the party won one seat in the Senate. During the Dutch general election of 2012 the party obtained 2 seats.

Contents

Electoral resultsEdit

ParliamentEdit

Election year House of Representatives Government Notes
# of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/–
2012 177,631 1.9 (#11)
2 / 150
  2 in opposition One seat left after 3 June 2014
2017 327,131 3.1 (#10)
4 / 150
  2 in opposition
Election year Senate Government Notes
# of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/–
2011 2,193 1.3
1 / 75
  1 in opposition
2015 4,388 2.6
2 / 75
  1 in opposition
2019 5,251 3.0
2 / 75
  0 in opposition

European ParliamentEdit

Election year List # of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/– Notes
2014 List 175,343 3.69 (#10)
0 / 26
new
2019 List 215,199 3.91 (#9)
1 / 26
1  

States-ProvincialEdit

Election year # of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/– Notes
2011 (#10)
9 / 566
2015 (#10)
14 / 570
  5

Municipal elections 2018Edit

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

OrganizationEdit

LeadershipEdit

RepresentationEdit

House of RepresentativesEdit

Current members of the House of Representatives since the Dutch general election of 2017:

SenateEdit

Current members of the Senate since the Dutch Senate election of 2015:

See alsoEdit

  • Union 55+, Defunct Dutch pensioners' interests party active from 1992 until 1998.
  • General Elderly Alliance, Defunct Dutch pensioners' interests party active from 1993 until 1998.

ReferencesEdit

  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 (2017). "Netherlands". Parties and Elections in Europe. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  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.