Jan Nagel (81) was chosen by party members on Saturday morning as the new chairman of 50PLUS. He is the successor to Geert Dales, who left at the end of May.
The vote took place during a digital general meeting of the elderly party. 350 members signed up for this. The meeting could be followed directly via YouTube.
Two rounds of voting were needed to make Nagel party chairman again. He has fulfilled that function three times since the foundation of 50PLUS in 2009. Nagel faced alderman Joop van Orsouw of the municipality of Oss in the last round.
2020 is provisionally a turbulent year for 50PLUS. In early May, party leader Henk Krol announced that he had left the party to start a new movement: the Party for the Future. In addition, seven of the nine board members resigned because of a conflict with Dales.
Nagel started political career at PvdA
Nagel started his political career with the youth movement of the PvdA. Within that party he was foreman of the New Left in the 1960s. After that, he was a prominent party director within the PvdA for many years.
Meanwhile, Nagel was also a program maker at VARA for many years. He was involved in, among other things, the programs Behind the News in The chasm.
In 1993 he founded Leefbaar Hilversum and was a city councilor and councilor in Hilversum on behalf of that party. In 2001 he founded Leefbaar Nederland with, among others, Henk Westbroek and Pim Fortuyn, which continued a year later under the fork of Lijst Pim Fortuyn (LPF).
After a failed attempt to found another new party, he returned to national politics in 2011 as a co-founder of 50PLUS. On behalf of that party he was chairman several times and for eight years a member of the Senate.