Conservative People's Party (Denmark)
|Conservative People's Party|
1051 København K
|Youth wing||Young Conservatives|
|Student wing||Conservative Students|
|International affiliation||International Democrat Union|
|European affiliation||European People's Party|
|European Parliament group||European People's Party|
|Politics of Denmark
The Conservative People's Party (Danish: Det Konservative Folkeparti, DKF), also known as the Conservatives (Konservative) is a conservative political party in Denmark. The party is a member of the European People's Party (EPP) and International Democrat Union.
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 Lars Barfoed, who served as Justice Minister from 2010 to 2011.
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 8 seats, ten 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
|John Christmas Møller||1928–1947|
|Ole Bjørn Kraft||1947–1955|
|Per Stig Møller||1997–1998|
|John Christmas Møller||1932-39|
|Erik Haunstrup Clemmensen||1972-74|
|Per Stig Møller||1997-98|
Youth and student wings
- John Christmas Møller - Wartime resistance figure.
- Connie Hedegaard - Appointed as the European Union's first ever European Commissioner for Climate Action in February 2010, Hedegaard was elected to the Danish Parliament as a member for the Conservative People's Party in 1984 at the age of 23, becoming the youngest Danish MP ever at that time. In 1989, Hedegaard became first spokesperson for the Conservative People's Party, but left politics for journalism in 1990. (Retrieved 15:53, 18 March 2011 (UTC))
Electoral performance and parliamentary representation
|Election year||# of votes||% of Danish vote||# of overall seats won||# of Danish seats won||+/-||Notes|
|1935||293,393||17.8 (#2)||1||part of the opposition|
|1939||301,625||17.8 (#3)||part of the opposition until 1940 / then part of a unity government|
|1943||421,523||21.0 (#2)||5||part of a unity government|
|1945||373,688||18.2 (#3)||5||tolerating a Venstre-government|
|1947||259,324||12.4 (#3)||9||part of the opposition|
|1950||365,236||17.8 (#3)||10||part of the Venstre-led government|
|Apr 1953||358,509||17.3 (#3)||1||part of the Venstre-led government|
|Sep 1953||383,843||16.6 (#3)||(new constitution)||part of the opposition|
|1957||383,843||16.6 (#3)||part of the opposition|
|1960||435,764||17.9 (#3)||2||part of the opposition|
|1964||527,798||20.1 (#3)||4||part of the opposition|
|1966||522,028||18.7 (#3)||2||part of the opposition|
|1968||581,051||20.4 (#2)||3||part of the Social Liberal-led government|
|1971||481,335||16.7 (#2)||6||leading the opposition|
|1973||279,391||9.2 (#5)||15||tolerating a Venstre government|
|1975||168,164||5.5 (#5)||6||part of the opposition|
|1977||263,262||8.5 (#4)||5||part of the opposition|
|1979||395,653||12.5 (#3)||7||part of the opposition|
|1981||451,478||14.5 (#2)||4||leading the opposition until 1982 / then leading the government (P. Schlüter)|
|1984||788,224||23.4 (#2)||16||leading the government (P. Schlüter)|
|1987||700,886||20.8 (#2)||4||leading the government (P. Schlüter)|
|1988||642,048||19.3 (#2)||3||leading the government (P. Schlüter)|
|1990||517,293||16.0 (#2)||5||leading the government (P. Schlüter) until 1993 / then leading the opposition|
|1994||499,845||15.0 (#3)||3||part of the opposition|
|1998||303,965||8.9 (#3)||11||part of the opposition|
|2001||312,770||9.1 (#4)||part of the Venstre-led government|
|2005||344,886||10.3 (#4)||2||part of the Venstre-led government|
|2007||359,404||10.4 (#5)||part of the Venstre-led government|
|2011||175,047||4.9% (#8)||10||part of the opposition|
- Parties and Elections in Europe: The database about parliamentary elections and political parties in Europe, by Wolfram Nordsieck
- Josep M. Colomer (25 July 2008). Political Institutions in Europe. Routledge. pp. 260–. ISBN 978-1-134-07354-2.
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- Christina Bergqvist (1 January 1999). Equal Democracies?: Gender and Politics in the Nordic Countries. Nordic Council of Ministers. pp. 318–. ISBN 978-82-00-12799-4.
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