Three Dutch parties have selected the heads of their lists for the European Parliament elections.
Sophie in ‘t Veld will lead the list for Democrats 66, which sits in the Liberal ALDE Group in the European Parliament. She won an internal election against fellow MEP Marietje Schaake by a margin of three to two. Around 20 per cent of D66 members voted. You can read our blog on the election here.
Members of Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) – which sits in the European People’s Party Group – chose Esther de Lange to head the party’s list. De Lange is 38 and first became an MEP in 2007. She defeated fellow MEP Wim van de Camp, taking just over 60 per cent of the vote.
Toine Manders, who had been an MEP for the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) from 1999 until last month, has been selected as head of the list for the 50PLUS party. Manders now sits as an independent member of the ALDE Group.
Meanwhile, the race to lead the Labour Party (PvdA) list for the elections is hotting up, with four candidates – Robbert Baruch, Bernard Naron, Zita Schellekens and Paul Tang – in the running. The selection process ends at the end of the month. The PvDA sits in the Socialists & Democrats Group.