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CATHOLIC GAINS IN DUTCH MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS

Front Our Own Correspondent The municipal elections in Holland which took have been very satisfactory to the Catholic Party. THE HAGUE. place last week In most of the large cities the least one scat, while at Tilburg the gain is no fewer than eight.

Owing to local questions which have no reference to national party principles there are in the Southern

(and mainly Catholic) areas a number of smaller Catholic groups which oppose the main party on various points. Thus in Tilburg itself five of the eight seats gained were at the cost of two of these groups.

In most other places the gains have been at the cost of the Social Democrats. This last-named party has lost seats all over the country, some going also to the Liberal Democrats and the Liberal State Party, both of which have bettered their positions generally.

Catholic State Party has won at

At Oss, the Catholic State Party has lost three seats, but " dissidents," who are Catholics but who have temporarily separated from the main party on local questions, have taken five seats, which brings up the total number of Catholics on the Council to 11 in place of 9.

At Velsen, the municipality in which lies Yrnuiden, the port at the sea end of the North Sea Canal (port of Amsterdam), the turn has been towards the dissidents. At Venray in Limburg all the candidates were members of the Catholic State Party.

In Amsterdam and Rotterdam the Catholics form the second largest groups among ten (each Council having 45 members) and at The Hague, the second among eight (also 45 members).




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