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Wybren van Haga

Wybrand van Haga
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Van Haga (2019)
Member of the Dutch House of Representatives
Assumed office
31 October 2017
Personal details
Born
Wybren Ridley van Haga

(1967-01-31) 31 January 1967 (age 54)
The Hague, Netherlands
NationalityDutch
Political partyForum for Democracy (2020–present)
Independent (2019–2020)
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (1992–2019)
OccupationPolitician, engineer

Wybren Ridley van Haga (born 31 January 1967) is a Dutch politician who has been a member of the Dutch House of Representatives since 2017. He was initially elected as a member of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy but was expelled from the party in 2019, causing the third Rutte cabinet to lose its majority. Van Haga subsequently sat as an independent MP before joining Thierry Baudet's Forum for Democracy party.

Biography

Van Haga was born in 1967 in The Hague and grew up in Haarlem. He studied electrical engineering at the Delft University of Technology.[1] He subsequently worked as an engineer for the Shell Oil Company, and was based variously in Scotland, Gabon and Oman before starting a property development business.[2]

Political career

Van Haga first joined the VVD in 1992. In 2010, he was elected as a municipal councilor in Haarlem.[3] During the 2017 general election, he was elected as an MP for the VVD in the House of Representatives. During the election, his candidacy was endorsed by Labour Party politician and former mayor of Haarlem Bernt Schneiders.[4]

In 2017, Van Haga was investigated over an alleged concealment of a number of problems with local regulations during his time as a councilor.[5] In 2019, he was persuaded to leave the VVD parliamentary group after he was convicted for drink driving and accused of allegedly interfering with a business operation.[6] This caused the third Rutte cabinet to lose their parliamentary majority. Van Haga subsequently sat as an independent in the house before announcing he had become a member of the Forum for Democracy party.[7]

Personal life

Van Haga is married and has four children.[8]

References


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