50PLUS

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50PLUS
Abbreviation50+
LeaderVacant
ChairmanGeert Dales
Leader in the SenateMartin van Rooijen
Leader in the House of RepresentativesCorrie van Brenk
Leader in the European ParliamentToine Manders
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 Parliament groupEuropean People's Party[10]
ColoursPurple
Senate
2 / 75
House of Representatives
3 / 150
King's Commissioners
0 / 12
States-Provincial
17 / 570
European Parliament
1 / 29
Website
www.50pluspartij.nl

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 was the Leader from 2016 until 2020.

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.

Electoral results[edit]

Parliament[edit]

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
Increase 2 in opposition One seat left after 3 June 2014
2017 327,131 3.1 (#10)
4 / 150
Increase 2 in opposition Three seats left after 3 May 2020
Election year Senate Government Notes
# of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/–
2011 2,193 1.3
1 / 75
Increase 1 in opposition
2015 4,388 2.6
2 / 75
Increase 1 in opposition
2019 5,251 3.0
2 / 75
Steady 0 in opposition

European Parliament[edit]

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 Increase

States-Provincial[edit]

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

Municipal elections 2018[edit]

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

Organization[edit]

Leadership[edit]

Representation[edit]

House of Representatives[edit]

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

Senate[edit]

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

See also[edit]

  • 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.

References[edit]

  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.
  10. ^ https://election-results.eu/netherlands/