The SP Group in the Tweede Kamer (Lower House of Parliament)

A very important chapter in the history of the party was the breakthrough into the national political arena in 1994, with two SP members elected to the ‘Tweede Kamer’, Parliament’s lower house and main legislative chamber. Today the SP group in the Tweede Kamer is made up of fourteen MPs:

Lilian Marijnissen

(1985) Once Lilian was the youngest member of the municipal council of Oss, a position which she held for more than 12 years. Before becoming a member of the Dutch parliament she worked as organizer and campaign leader for the FNV (union). Since entering Parliament in 2016 she has been spokesperson on Healthcare, in December 2017 she succeeded Emile Roemer as leader of the SP parliamentary group.

Renske Leijten

(1979) – Studied Dutch Language and Culture at the University of Groningen. A former chair of the SP youth organisation ROOD, she is now spokesperson for Finances, Europe and the EU, and the future of the Euro.

Ronald van Raak

1969). Historian and philosopher with a doctorate in the history of conservatism in the Netherlands. Formerly director of the SP Research Bureau. Has written a number of books on history and philosophy. From 2003 until his election to the Tweede Kamer, he was a member of the Senate. Spokesman on Internal Affairs and affairs concerning the former Dutch Antilles and Aruba.

Sadet Karabulut

(1975) - Social administrator, formerly coordinator of drugs policy in Amsterdam and policy worker in continuing special education. Ex-member of the executive of the Turkish immigrants' organisation DIDF. Elected to Parliament in 2006, she is spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Development Cooperation.

Jasper van Dijk

(1971) - Political scientist. Formerly university lecturer, then worked for the SP's political groups in both the Tweede Kamer and the European Parliament, at the same time representing the party on Amsterdam Council. Elected to Parliament in 2006, he is spokesperson on Social Affairs, Integration and Migration.

Michiel van Nispen

(1982) - Studied Dutch law, gained a Masters' degree in International and European Public Law, and worked in the legal profession before becoming, in 2007, a policy advisor on legal affairs for the SP's parliamentary team in the lower house. On 2nd April, 2014, he became a Member of Parliament. He is now spokesperson on Justice and Sports.

Henk van Gerven

(1955) - For many years a general practitioner at the Ons Medische Centrum ('Our Medical Centre') centre in Oss, councillor, member of the council's ruling executive and of the Provincial Council. Member of Parliament since 2006, he is spokesman on health care.

Sandra Beckerman

Sandra Beckerman (1983), Archaeologist, team leader of SP Scientific Bureau/SPark (the SP’s alternative court of auditors), and chair of the  SP-fraction in the Provincial Council of Groningen. Sandra is spokesperson on Housing, Neighbourhoods, quality of life in vulnerable areas, Energy and the consequences of gas extraction.

Frank Futselaar

Frank Futselaar (1979), Higher Vocational Education Professor. Frank Graduated in history at the University of Groningen. He was active in the National and Groningen Students‘ Union. Frank is spokesperson on Education, Agriculture and Nature Development.

Maarten Hijink

Maarten Hijink (1983), parliamentary assistant Communication for the SP in parliament. Maarten studied facilities Services at the Higher Vocational Education in Deventer and he completed a two-year master in agricultural economy and agricultural policy. Maarten is spokesperson on Healtcare.

Peter Kwint

Peter Kwint (1984), Communication strategist and municipal councillor for the SP in Amsterdam. Peter is spokesperson on Education, Culture and Media.

Cem Lacin

Cem Lacin (1986), Union leader of the FNV. Cem is spokesperson on Infrastructure, Traffic and Environment.

Bart van Kent

Bart van Kent (1983), parliamentary assistant Social Affairs for the SP in Parliament and Chair of the SP municipal fraction in The Hague. Bart is spokesperson on Social Affairs.

Mahir Alkaya

(1988) After his grandfather immigrated to the Netherlands, Mahir was born and raised in Amsterdam and is a proud citizen of Amsterdam New-West. In 2014 he became the representative for the SP in the local council of this neighborhood. Since entering Parliament in 2016 he has been spokesperson on Economics, Industry, Innovation, Trade Agreements, Small and medium-sized enterprises and Information Technology.

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