Of all Dutch political parties, the Forum for Democracy (FVD) had the most members in 2019. On January 1, 2020, FVD had a total of 42,794 members. The party of Thierry Baudet thereby surpassed the PvdA (41,078) and the CDA (39,187), according to figures from the Documentation Center for Dutch Political Parties (DNPP) of the University of Groningen on Monday.
The DNPP speaks of a "unique development" for a party that has only been represented in the Lower House since the 2017 elections.
At the start of 2018, FVD had nearly 23,000 members and at the start of 2019, there were over 30,000. This means that the number of members has increased by almost 40 percent last year.
According to the DNPP, FVD has been "helped" by the CDA and the PvdA. These parties, the largest and second largest party since 1980, have been losing members for years. As a result, FVD could now become the largest.
The Party for the Animals, which in recent months came in the news negatively with the disowned chairman and a split Member of Parliament, received an additional 7.6 percent last year. GroenLinks also grew (5.6 percent).
CDA and SP big losers compared to years earlier
SP (-12 percent) and the CDA (-9 percent) saw the largest decreases compared to a year earlier.
Furthermore, it is striking that the VVD, the largest party in the Chamber, is unable to reverse the downward trend of recent years. The Liberals have just under 24,000 members and are in ninth place. Geert Wilders' PVV has no members.
The total number of party members remained more or less the same and stands at over 316,000 for this year. This means that only 2.4 percent of all voters are members of a political party.