Roman Catholic People's Party

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The Roman Catholic People's Party (in Dutch: Roomsch-katholieke Volkspartij, RKVP) was a Dutch Social Catholic political party. The RKVP played only a marginal role in Dutch politics.

Party History

The RKVP was founded in 1922 by Pius Arts. In the 1925 election the party won one seat which was taken by Aarts. In the 1929 election the party lost its one seat. In the 1933 election the party regained one seat. In same year the party merged with the Catholic Democratic League to form the Catholic Democratic Party. In 1937 this party merged with the Roman Catholic State Party, the larger, centrist, catholic party.

Ideology & Issues

The RKVP combined a conservative Catholic stance on ethical issues with a progressive, leftwing stance on economic issues.

It advocated the interest of Catholic workers and it wanted just taxation and a strong influence of labour unions in companies. It wanted to increase support for large families and also price controls. The party was in favour of private home-ownership and lower rents. It also supported national disarmament.

In ethical issues, it was as conservative as the Roman Catholic State Party, the larger, centrist, Catholic party. It advocated the re-institution of the envoy at the Holy See and an end to the ban on processions.

Leadership & Support

This table shows the RKVP's results in elections to the House of Representatives and Senate, as well as the party's political leadership: the fractievoorzitter, is the chair of the parliamentary party and the lijsttrekker is the party's top candidate in the general election, these posts are normally taken by the party's leader.

Year HoR S Lijsttrekker Fractievoorzitter
1925 1 0 Pius Aarts Pius Aarts
1926 1 0 no elections Pius Aarts
1927 1 0 no elections Pius Aarts
1928 1 0 no elections Pius Aarts
1929 0 0 Pius Aarts extra-parliamentary
1930 0 0 no elections extra-parliamentary
1931 0 0 no elections extra-parliamentary
1932 0 0 no elections extra-parliamentary
1933 1 0 Pius Aarts Pius Aarts
1934 1 0 no elections Pius Aarts
1935 1 0 no elections Pius Aarts
1936 1 0 no elections Pius Aarts


The party drew most its support from catholic workers from the region around Tiel, Aarts' home town.

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