Freedom Party candidate dropped from provincial elections

20 01 2011

From Radio Netherlands Worldwide:

Freedom Party (PVV) candidate Carlo de Bruin has withdrawn from the North Holland provincial elections. The party leadership says he was de-selected after it was discovered that he has two previous drink driving convictions.

The PVV suffered adverse publicity recently when it was revealed that a number of its MPs had covered up previous criminal offences. The populist anti-Islam party favours tough law and order policies.

Mr De Bruin says he only has one drink driving conviction. He claims the real reason for his being dropped from the PVV list of candidates is a business project recruiting young Muslim women for the healthcare sector.

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