Catholic People's Party

The Catholic People's Party (Dutch: Katholieke Volkspartij, KVP) was a Catholic Christian democratic[2] political party in the Netherlands. The party was founded in 1945 as a continuation of the Roman Catholic State Party, which was a continuation of the General League of Roman Catholic Caucuses. During its entire existence, the party was in government. In 1977, a federation of parties including the Catholic People's Party, the Anti-Revolutionary Party (ARP) and the Christian Historical Union (CHU) ran together under the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) banner. The three participating parties formally dissolved to form the CDA in 1980.

Catholic People's Party
Katholieke Volkspartij
AbbreviationKVP
LeaderCarl Romme
(1946–1961)
Wim de Kort
(1961–1963)
Norbert Schmelzer
(1963–1971)
Gerard Veringa
(1971)
Frans Andriessen
(1971–1977)
FounderCarl Romme
Josef van Schaik
Laurentius Nicolaas Deckers
Frans Teulings
Max Steenberghe
Jan de Quay
Louis Beel
Teun Struycken
Founded22 December 1945 (1945-12-22)
Dissolved27 September 1980 (1980-09-27)
Preceded byRoman Catholic
State Party
Merged intoChristian Democratic Appeal
HeadquartersMauritskade 25
The Hague
Youth wingKVPJO
Think tankCentrum voor Staatkundige Vorming
IdeologyChristian democracy
Social conservatism
Political Catholicism
Political positionCentre to Centre-right
ReligionRoman Catholic
Old Catholic
European affiliationEuropean Union of Christian Democrats[1]
European Parliament groupChristian Democratic Group