Conservative People's Party (Denmark)

Conservative People's Party
Det Konservative Folkeparti
Leader Søren Pape Poulsen
Founded 1916
Preceded by Højre
Headquarters Nyhavn 4
1051 København K
Youth wing Young Conservatives
Student wing Conservative Students
Ideology Conservatism[1]
Liberal conservatism[2]
Green conservatism
Political position Centre-right[3]
European affiliation European People's Party
International affiliation International Democrat Union
European Parliament group European People's Party
Colours Green
Folketing
6 / 179
European Parliament
1 / 13
Regions:[4]
15 / 205
Municipalities:[5]
225 / 2,432
Mayors:
8 / 98
Election symbol
C
Website
www.konservative.dk

The Conservative People's Party (Danish: Det Konservative Folkeparti, DKF), also known as the Conservatives (Konservative) is a conservative[1] centre-right[3] political party in Denmark. The party is a member of the European People's Party (EPP) and International Democrat Union.

History

The party was founded 1916[6] based mostly on its predecessor, Højre (Right), but also on the Free Conservatives and a moderate faction of the liberal party Venstre.

The party has participated in several coalition governments, but only one Prime Minister of Denmark, Poul Schlüter, has come from this party, serving from 1982 to 1993.

The youth branch of the Conservative People's Party, albeit an independent organisation, is Young Conservatives, the earliest formed youth organisation in Denmark, founded in December 1904, and believed to be one of the oldest in the world, preceding the Conservative People's Party by 10 years. The student branch is Conservative Students, likewise an independent organisation, which has branches at all Danish Universities.

From the 2001 parliament elections until 2011, the Conservative People's Party was the junior partner in a coalition government led by Venstre. The Conservative People's Party is currently led by Søren Pape Poulsen,

In the 2004 European parliament elections, the party won a seat. The member is currently Bendt Bendtsen, who is a member of the EPP Group in the European Parliament. In the 2014 European elections, the party garnered 9.1% of the national vote, retaining Bendsten's seat as MEP.

In the 2011 parliamentary election for the Folketing (Danish national parliament), the Conservative People's Party won eight seats, 10 fewer than it had won in the previous election in 2007, and it received 4.9% of the vote, placing the party eighth place nationally.

The Conservatives remain committed to a centre-right alliance, working most closely with the liberal Venstre and somewhat less closely with the right-wing populist Danish People's Party. The Conservatives did cooperate with the Social Liberal Party during its time in power in the 1980s and also cooperated with the centre-left government under Poul Nyrup Rasmussen in the 1990s.

List of leaders

Political leaders

John Christmas Møller1928–1947
Ole Bjørn Kraft1947–1955
Aksel Møller1955–1958
Poul Sørensen1958–1969
Poul Møller1969–1971
Erik Ninn-Hansen1971–1974
Poul Schlüter1974–1993
Henning Dyremose1993
Hans Engell1993–1997
Per Stig Møller1997–1998
Pia Christmas-Møller1998–1999
Bendt Bendtsen1999–2008
Lene Espersen2008–2011
Lars Barfoed2011–2014
Søren Pape Poulsen2014–

Party chairmen

Emil Piper191628
Charles Tvede192832
John Christmas Møller193239
Vilhelm Fibiger193948
Halfdan Hendriksen194857
Einar Foss195765
Knud Thestrup196572
Erik Haunstrup Clemmensen197274
Poul Schlüter197477
Ib Stetter197781
Poul Schlüter198193
Torben Rechendorff199395
Hans Engell199597
Per Stig Møller199798
Poul Andreassen199800
Bendt Bendtsen200008
Lene Espersen200811
Lars Barfoed201114
Søren Pape Poulsen2014

Youth and student wings

Notable members

Electoral performance and parliamentary representation

Election year # of votes % of Danish vote # of overall seats won # of Danish seats won +/- Notes
1918 167,865 18.3 (#4)
22 / 140
22 / 139
14 [8] part of the opposition
Apr 1920 201,499 19.6 (#3)
28 / 140
28 / 139
6 parliamentarian crisis
Jul 1920 180,293 18.9 (#3)
26 / 140
26 / 139
2 tolerating a Venstre-government
Sep 1920 216,733 17.9 (#3)
27 / 149
27 / 148
n/a [9] tolerating a Venstre-government
1924 242,955 18.9 (#3)
28 / 149
28 / 148
1 part of the opposition
1926 275,793 20.6 (#3)
30 / 149
30 / 148
2 tolerating a Venstre-government
1929 233,935 16.5 (#3)
24 / 149
24 / 148
6 part of the opposition
1932 358,509 17.3 (#3)
27 / 149
27 / 148
3 part of the opposition
1935 293,393 17.8 (#2)
26 / 149
26 / 148
1 part of the opposition
1939 301,625 17.8 (#3)
26 / 149
26 / 148
part of the opposition until 1940 / then part of a unity government
1943 421,523 21.0 (#2)
31 / 149
31 / 148
5 part of a unity government
1945 373,688 18.2 (#3)
26 / 149
26 / 148
5 tolerating a Venstre-government
1947 259,324 12.4 (#3)
17 / 150
17 / 148
9 part of the opposition
1950 365,236 17.8 (#3)
27 / 151
27 / 149
10 part of the Venstre-led government
Apr 1953 358,509 17.3 (#3)
26 / 151
26 / 149
1 part of the Venstre-led government
Sep 1953 383,843 16.6 (#3)
30 / 179
30 / 175
n/a [10] part of the opposition
1957 383,843 16.6 (#3)
30 / 179
30 / 175
part of the opposition
1960 435,764 17.9 (#3)
32 / 179
32 / 175
2 part of the opposition
1964 527,798 20.1 (#3)
36 / 179
36 / 175
4 part of the opposition
1966 522,028 18.7 (#3)
34 / 179
34 / 175
2 part of the opposition
1968 581,051 20.4 (#2)
37 / 179
37 / 175
3 part of the Social Liberal-led government
1971 481,335 16.7 (#2)
31 / 179
31 / 175
6 leading the opposition
1973 279,391 9.2 (#5)
16 / 179
16 / 175
15 tolerating a Venstre government
1975 168,164 5.5 (#5)
10 / 179
10 / 175
6 part of the opposition
1977 263,262 8.5 (#4)
15 / 179
15 / 175
5 part of the opposition
1979 395,653 12.5 (#3)
22 / 179
22 / 175
7 part of the opposition
1981 451,478 14.5 (#2)
26 / 179
26 / 175
4 leading the opposition until 1982 / then leading the government (P. Schlüter)
1984 788,224 23.4 (#2)
42 / 179
42 / 175
16 leading the government (P. Schlüter)
1987 700,886 20.8 (#2)
38 / 179
38 / 175
4 leading the government (P. Schlüter)
1988 642,048 19.3 (#2)
35 / 179
35 / 175
3 leading the government (P. Schlüter)
1990 517,293 16.0 (#2)
30 / 179
30 / 175
5 leading the government (P. Schlüter) until 1993 / then leading the opposition
1994 499,845 15.0 (#3)
27 / 179
27 / 175
3 part of the opposition
1998 303,965 8.9 (#3)
16 / 179
16 / 175
11 part of the opposition
2001 312,770 9.1 (#4)
16 / 179
16 / 175
part of the Venstre-led government
2005 344,886 10.3 (#4)
18 / 179
18 / 175
2 part of the Venstre-led government
2007 359,404 10.4 (#5)
18 / 179
18 / 175
part of the Venstre-led government
2011 175,047 4.9% (#8)
8 / 179
8 / 175
10 part of the opposition
2015 118.015 3.4% (#9)
6 / 179
6 / 175
2 2015–16: tolerating a Venstre-government
2016– : part of the Venstre-led government

References

  1. 1 2 Christina Bergqvist (1 January 1999). Equal Democracies?: Gender and Politics in the Nordic Countries. Nordic Council of Ministers. p. 318. ISBN 978-82-00-12799-4.
  2. Nordsieck, Wolfram (2015). "Denmark". Parties and Elections in Europe.
  3. 1 2 Josep M. Colomer (25 July 2008). Political Institutions in Europe. Routledge. p. 260. ISBN 978-1-134-07354-2.
  4. "AKVA3: Valg til regions råd efter område, parti og stemmer/kandidater/køn". Statistics Denmark. Retrieved 13 June 2010.
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  6. Western Europe 2003. Psychology Press. 30 November 2002. p. 133. ISBN 978-1-85743-152-0. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  7. "Dead link". Archived from the original on 8 March 2011. Retrieved 18 March 2011.
  8. Compared to Højre in the 1915 election
  9. The number of MPs was raised because of the partition of Schleswig
  10. The number of MPs was raised because of the new constitution
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