1971 Dutch general election

General elections were held in the Netherlands on 28 April 1971.[1] The Labour Party (PvdA) emerged as the largest party, winning 39 of the 150 seats in the House of Representatives.[2] The elections were the first without compulsory voting, causing a sharp fall in voter turnout, down to 79.1% from 94.9% in the 1967 elections.[3] Barend Biesheuvel of the Anti-Revolutionary Party (ARP) became Prime Minister, leading the first Biesheuvel cabinet.

1971 Dutch general election

 1967 28 April 1971 1972 
Turnout79.1% ( 15.8 pp)
Party Leader % Seats ±
PvdA Joop den Uyl 24.6% 39 +2
KVP Gerard Veringa 21.8% 35 -7
VVD Molly Geertsema 10.3% 16 -1
ARP Barend Biesheuvel 8.6% 13 -2
D66 Hans van Mierlo 6.8% 11 +4
CHU Bé Udink 6.3% 7 -3
DS'70 Willem Drees Jr. 5.3% 8 New
CPN Marcus Bakker 3.9% 6 +1
SGP Hette Abma 2.3% 3 0
PPR Jacques Aarden 1.8% 2 New
GPV Piet Jongeling 1.6% 2 +1
NMP Albert te Pas 1.5% 2 New
PSP Hans Wiebenga 1.4% 2 -2
BP Hendrik Koekoek 1.1% 1 -6
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
Seats
Prime Minister before Prime Minister after
Piet de Jong
KVP
Barend Biesheuvel
ARP

His cabinet contained a broad coalition of parties, with ministers from ARP, Christian Historical Union (both Protestant), the Catholic People's Party, the conservative-liberal People's Party for Freedom and Democracy and moderate socialist Democratic Socialists '70 (DS'70), which had just split off from the PvdA.

However, Biesheuvel's government was short-lived; following a decision to cut government spending, DS'70 withdrew from the government, causing it to lose its majority and fresh elections to be held after just a year and seven months.