Leader of the Labour Party (Netherlands)

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Incumbent Leader Joop den Uyl and future Leader Wim Kok in the House of Representatives on 3 June 1986.
Former Leaders Wouter Bos, Wim Kok and incumbent Leader Job Cohen at a party conference on 1 May 2011.
Newly elected Leader Diederik Samsom and former Leader Job Cohen at a party conference on 21 March 2012.

The Leader of the Labour Party is the most senior politician within the Labour Party (Dutch: Partij van de Arbeid, PvdA) in the Netherlands. The post is currently held by Lodewijk Asscher, who succeeded Diederik Samsom after the leadership election of 2012.[1]

History[edit]

The Leaders outwardly act as the 'figurehead' and the main representative of the party. Within the party, they must ensure political consensus. At election time the Leader is always the lijsttrekker (top candidate) of the party list. Outside election time the Leader can serve as the Leader of the Opposition. In the Labour Party the Leader is often the Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives. Some Labour Party leaders became a Minister in a Cabinet.

Leaders[edit]

Leader Term of office Age as Leader Position(s) as Leader Further position(s) Lijsttrekker
Willem Drees Dr.
Willem Drees
(1886–1988)
9 February 1946 –
22 December 1958
(12 years, 316 days) [1]
59–72 Minister of Social Affairs
(1945–1948)
Deputy Prime Minister
(1945–1948)
Member of the House
of Representatives

(1946) (1948)
(1952) (1956)

Minister of General Affairs
(1948–1958)
Prime Minister
(1948–1958)
Minister of Colonial Affairs
(1951)
Minister of Finance
(1952)
Member of the House
of Representatives

(SDAP)
(1933–1945)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(SDAP)
(1939–1945)
Leader of the Social
Democratic Workers' Party

(1940–1946)
Chairman of the Social
Democratic Workers' Party

(1943–1945)
Minister of State
(1958–1988)
1946
1948
1952
1956
Jaap Burger Jaap Burger
(1904–1986)
22 December 1958 –
16 September 1962
(3 years, 268 days) [1]
54–58 Member of the House
of Representatives

(1945–1962)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(1952–1962)
Minister for Return Policy
(SDAP)
(1943–1944)
Minister of the Interior
(SDAP)
(1944–1945)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(1951)
Member of the Senate
(1963–1970)
Member of the
European Parliament

(1966–1970)
Member of the
Council of State

(1970–1979)
Minister of State
(1975–1986)
1959
Anne Vondeling Dr.
Anne Vondeling
(1916–1979)
16 September 1962 –
13 September 1966
(3 years, 362 days) [1]
46–50 Member of the House
of Representatives

(1959–1965)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(1962–1965)
Minister of Finance
(1965–1966)
Deputy Prime Minister
(1965–1966)
Member of the House
of Representatives

(1946–1958) (1967–1979)
Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries
and Food Supplies

(1958)
Chairman of the Labour Party
(1969–1971)
Speaker of the House of
Representatives

(1972–1979)
Member of the
European Parliament

(1979)
1963
Joop den Uyl Joop den Uyl
(1919–1987)
13 September 1966 –
21 July 1986
(19 years, 311 days) [1]
47–66 Member of the House
of Representatives

(1967–1973) (1977)
(1978–1981) (1982–1987)

Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(1967–1973) (1977)
(1978–1981) (1982–1986)

Minister of General Affairs
(1973–1977)
Prime Minister
(1973–1977)
President of the
European Council

(1976)
President of the Party
of European Socialists

(1980–1987)
Minister of Social Affairs
and Employment

(1981–1982)
Minister for Netherlands
Antilles Affairs

(1981–1982)
Deputy Prime Minister
(1981–1982)
Member of the House
of Representatives

(1956–1963)
Minister of Economic Affairs
(1965–1966)
1967
1971
1972
1977
1981
1982
1986
Wim Kok Wim Kok
(1938–2018)
21 July 1986 –
15 December 2001
(15 years, 147 days) [1]
47–63 Member of the House
of Representatives

(1986–1989) (1994)
(1998)

Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(1986–1989) (1994)
(1998)

Minister of Finance
(1989–1994)
Deputy Prime Minister
(1989–1994)
Minister of General Affairs
(1994–2002)
Prime Minister
(1994–2002)
President of the
European Council

(1997)
Minister of State
(2003–2018)
President of the
Club of Madrid

(2009–2014)
1989
1994
1998
Ad Melkert Ad Melkert
(born 1956)
15 December 2001 –
16 May 2002
(155 days) [1]
45–46 Member of the House
of Representatives

(1998–2002)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(1998–2002)
Member of the House
of Representatives

(1986–1994)
Minister of Social Affairs
and Employment

(1994–1998)
Associate Administrator
of the United Nations
Development Programme

(2006–2009)
Special Representative
of the United Nations
Assistance Mission for Iraq

(2009–2011)
Member of the
Council of State

(since 2016)
2002
Vacant
(16 May 2002 – 12 November 2002)
Wouter Bos Wouter Bos
(born 1963)
12 November 2002 –
25 April 2010
(7 years, 164 days) [1]
39–46 Member of the House
of Representatives

(2002–2007)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(2002–2007)
Minister of Finance
(2007–2010)
Deputy Prime Minister
(2007–2010)
Member of the House
of Representatives

(1998–2000)
State Secretary for
Finance

(2000–2002)
2003
2006
Job Cohen Dr.
Job Cohen
(born 1947)
25 April 2010 –
20 February 2012
(1 year, 301 days) [1]
62–64 Member of the House
of Representatives

(2010–2012)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(2010–2012)
State Secretary for
Education and Sciences

(1993–1994)
Member of the Senate
(1995–1998)
Parliamentary leader
in the Senate
(1996–1998)
State Secretary for
Justice

(1998–2001)
Mayor of Amsterdam
(2001–2010)
2010
Vacant
(20 February 2012 – 16 March 2012)
Diederik Samsom Diederik Samsom
(born 1971)
16 March 2012 –
10 December 2016
(4 years, 269 days) [1]
40–45 Member of the House
of Representatives

(2003–2016)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(2012–2016)
2012
Lodewijk Asscher Dr.
Lodewijk Asscher
(born 1974)
10 December 2016 –
Incumbent
(2 years, 72 days) [1]
42– Minister of Social Affairs
and Employment

(2012–2017)
Deputy Prime Minister
(2012–2017)
Member of the House
of Representatives

(since 2017)
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
(since 2017)
Mayor of Amsterdam
(2010)
2017

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Politiek leider van een partij". Parlement&Politiek. Retrieved 2012-11-03.

External links[edit]

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