NOS News•Today, 22:48
Former and current MPs react with shock to the departure of former Speaker of the House Arib from the House of Representatives. Arib, who was in the House of Representatives for a total of 24 years, saw many of them come and go and for many parliamentarians was the first Speaker of the House they experienced.
PvdA party leader Attje Kuiken, one of the MPs who saw Arib new to the House 15 years ago, says she was completely taken by surprise by the departure of the PvdA nestor. “It hurts me personally and the PvdA faction as a whole.”
A reproach echoed by the PvdA faction in Arib’s farewell letter is that her fellow party members have not signed a letter in which MPs demand clarification from the current Speaker of the House Bergkamp about the investigation initiated by the Presidium of the House. Kuiken says that this did not happen because “we thought it would be stronger and cleaner if other groups raised this issue”.
Kuiken does say that the PvdA faction has informed Arib and the signatories of the letter that it supports the content. “It remains of great importance that this matter is investigated to the bottom and that the leak of confidential information is reported.”
Signatories react sadly
PVV leader Wilders writes in a response that as far as he is concerned, Bergkamp and the presidium have failed. “They are not about MPs, did not inform Arib in time, talked about her behind her back and it is possible that there has also been leaked from among them. It is scandalous,” he writes. The allegation of leaks stems from the fact that NRC knew about the external investigation into Arib earlier than Arib itself.
SP MP Leijten, one of the authors of the letter with the ultimatum to Bergkamp, also denounces the leaks. “Anonymous leaks lead to the resignation of the former Speaker of the House,” she writes. “Thank you Khadija, especially your work, your solid leadership and your unconditional support.” Also co-signer Van der Plas (BBB) thinks it is “extremely sad”. “This should never have happened.”
JA21 MP Pouw Verweij, who also demanded clarification before 1 p.m. on Monday, speaks of “a very great loss for the corona committee and politics as a whole. How incredibly sad and what a disappointment in the functioning of us as a House of Representatives.”
Speaker of the House of Representatives Vera Bergkamp has not yet responded. The presidium, the daily board of the House of Representatives of which Bergkamp is chairman, will provide a response tomorrow.