Voters want Wilders to throw out controversial MP

16 11 2010

From Radio Netherlands Worldwide:

Voters think Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders should throw MP Eric Lucassen out of the party, according to an opinion poll. The reputation of the MP was damaged last week, following newspaper reports that he had been convicted of a sexual offence by a military court and that his anti-social behaviour had led neighbours to report him to the police ten times for assault and intimidation.

The revelations led to further stories emerging in Dutch daily AD of his aggressive behaviour in a period that he used to frequent coffeeshops and smoke marijuana. The paper even reported that in his youth he was involved in vandalism and fights.

The Freedom party (PVV) wants stricter law and order policies and to ban the legal sale of marijuana in coffee shops. Having an MP convicted of having sex with underage army cadets when he was their trainer, who reportedly harassed neighbours to the point of following an elderly man to intimidate him and even urinating through a letterbox, is damaging. He is the fourth PVV MP reported to be on the wrong side of the law.

In the poll by Maurice de Hond, 83 percent of Dutch people thought he should be removed from the party. Among PVV voters, that figure was 78 percent, only 14 percent disagreed.

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