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Suspension threatens Baudet for additional positions, eight groups file complaints | NOW

Eight parliamentary groups have filed a complaint against group chairman Thierry Baudet of Forum for Democracy, reports RTL News Tuesday. The factions do this after NU.nl revealed that Baudet refuses to report additional positions and the income from them to the House of Representatives. If the complaint is accepted, the Forum leader can be suspended for at least one month.

He may be in the House and vote, but not speak.

Coalition parties VVD, D66, CDA, ChristenUnie and opposition parties GroenLinks, PvdA, Party for the Animals and Volt submit the complaint to a special committee that deals with the integrity of the House of Representatives. The Integrity Investigation Board has already reprimanded Baudet in mid-March and issued an instruction because he refuses to report additional positions, gifts and additional income in a public register. This is mandatory for MPs.

Despite that measure, Baudet still refuses to do this. That is the reason for the eight groups to submit a complaint.

Baudet did not give up book sales income

In addition to being a member of the House of Representatives, Baudet is also a board member of Forum for Democracy BV and director of THPB Media BV. The Forum leader writes books and gives lectures – whether or not for a fee. He earned about 85,000 euros last year, NU.nl reported.

Baudet himself has nothing good to say about the action of the eight factions. “Under the guise of transparency”, the “eight cartel parties” are launching this attack, he says in a video on Twitter† “It’s not about me. I fight for the protection of democracy. I fight to protect the office of MP against this attack,” said Baudet.

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The Forum leader believes that MPs should be able to earn extra money and have other jobs, he said in the RTL News† “I am in principle against the gradual encapsulation of MPs. A MP should be an independent person.”

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