|Member of the House of Representatives|
17 June 2010 – 23 March 2017
|Member of the European Parliament |
for the Netherlands
14 July 2009 – 17 June 2010
28 February 1956|
|Political party||VNL (2014–2015)|
The Hague University of Applied Science |
|Website||(in Dutch) Party for Freedom website|
Louis Bontes (Dutch pronunciation: [luˈi ˈbɔntəs]; born 28 February 1956) is a Dutch politician and former police officer. He was a member of the European Parliament (2009–2010) and a member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands (2010–2017) for the Party for Freedom (PVV) until 2013 and as an independent since. He was the cofounder and chairman of the political party For the Netherlands (VNL) from 2014 to 2015.
Early life and career
Bontes represented the Party for Freedom (PVV) until 2013, and focused on matters of the European Union, civil law, security, police and foreign policy (Africa, Middle and South America). From 2009 to 2010, he was an MEP for the PVV. In October 2013, after Bontes talked to the media about his being disappointed with the methods of the PVV, the party's parliamentary group expelled him.
Bontes remained in parliament as an independent, and stated he would keep voting along with the PVV. In May 2014, Bontes founded the political party For the Netherlands (VNL) with other former PVV members Joram van Klaveren, and Johan Driessen. Bontes stepped down as chairman of VNL, after Bram Moszkowicz was selected to become lijsttrekker in the next elections.
- (in Dutch) Parlement.com biography
- (in Dutch) House of Representatives biography