|Member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands|
30 November 2006 – 19 September 2012
29 December 1964
|Political party||Party for Freedom (2006–2012)
Independent Citizens' Party (2012)
Democratic Political Turning Point (since 2012)
|Occupation||Politician, police officer|
Hero Brinkman (born 29 December 1964 in Almelo) is a Dutch politician and former police officer. He was a member of parliament from 30 November 2006 to 19 September 2012, after being elected as the number four on the electoral list for the Party for Freedom (Partij voor de Vrijheid - PVV). As the number eleven on the list, he was re-elected in June 2010. As an MP for the PVV, Brinkman has focused on home affairs, government renewal, police, defence, administrative burden control, immigration and asylum.
Brinkman has repeatedly criticised the lack of democracy within the PVV. For this reason, as well as the PVV's negative generalisations about certain groups in society, Brinkman quit the PVV on 20 March 2012. As a consequence, the PVV's support for the minority first Rutte cabinet was therefore no longer sufficient to provide it with a parliamentary majority, although Brinkman indicated that he intended to continue to support the minority government.
Brinkman has also been a member of the States-Provincial of North Holland for the PVV since 10 March 2011. On 22 March 2012 he announced that he would also leave the PVV in North Holland. Three of his fellow PVV representatives said they would follow him, but one of them later announced that she would leave politics altogether. Her seat will be filled by the next in line, who at this time hasn't announced to become part of the PVV fraction or be independent.
Brinkman and Harry van Bommel of the Socialist Party alternately write a weekly column for the free newspaper Sp!ts under the title 'Haagse Herrie' ('fuss in The Hague') in which they engage in a critical debate.
- (Dutch) Parlement.com biography
- (English) A democratic PVV needs time, says Wilders after MP breaks ranks, DutchNews.nl, May 11, 2010
- (Dutch) Krakers gooien vuurwerk naar politieagenten en in winkels - Kamervragen, PVV website, April 2008
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