At every election since its foundation the SP has increased its representation. You can read about our members in the Eerste Kamer (literally First Chamber, roughly equivalent to the British House of Lords though the Eerste Kamer is indirectly elected or the US Senate), the Tweede Kamer (“Second Chamber”, equivalent to the House of Commons or US House of Representatives), in the European Parliament, in all twelve Provincial Assemblies and one hundred and sixteen Local Councils.
All of the SP’s elected representatives hand their allowances over to the party, which is therefore able to finance a broader range of activities and campaigns. Those, like our MPs, whose duties require a full-time commitment receive a salary in keeping with that of the average Dutch worker. By doing this we make it quite clear that politicians should not be using their positions to line their own pockets.