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Bram Stemerdink was initially a captain in the Army, but lost an eye in a military exercise, after which he studied law in Leiden. Then he became secretary of the Council of War, member of the North Brabant province government and councilor for the city 's-Hertogenbosch and since 1970 Member of Parliament (MP). In the Den Uyl administration he was Secretary of State of Defence from 1973 and from 1 January to 19 December 1977 Minister of Defence. In the second van Agt administration he was secretary of state again. In the periods 1978–1981 and 1982–1994 he was an MP. Stemerdink was an independent politician with historical interest. He was an activist for the preservation of the old parliament hall. He has been a respected radio commentator for many years. He is also chairman of the foundation National War and Resistance in Overloon (the Netherlands).
- Harryvan, Anjo G. (2009-04-30). In pursuit of influence: the Netherlands' European policy during the formative years of the European Union, 1952-1973. Peter Lang. pp. 225–. ISBN 978-90-5201-497-5. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
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