Conservative People's Party (Denmark)

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Conservative People's Party
Leader Søren Pape Poulsen
Founded 1915
Preceded by Højre
Headquarters Nyhavn 4
1051 København K
Youth wing Young Conservatives
Student wing Conservative Students
Ideology Conservatism
Liberal conservatism[1]
Political position Centre-right[2]
International affiliation International Democrat Union
European affiliation European People's Party
European Parliament group European People's Party
Colours Green
Parliament
8 / 179
European Parliament
1 / 13
Regions:[3]
16 / 205
Municipalities:[4]
205 / 2,444
Election symbol
C
Website
www.konservative.dk
Politics of Denmark
Political parties
Elections

The Conservative People's Party (Danish: Det Konservative Folkeparti, DKF), also known as the Conservatives (Konservative) is a conservative[5] political party in Denmark. The party is a member of the European People's Party (EPP) and International Democrat Union.

History[edit]

Election poster, 1939. It reads: Comrades - let it now be over! Vote for more work. Vote Conservative.

The party was founded 1915 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[citation needed], 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[edit]

Political leaders[edit]

John Christmas Møller 1928–1947
Ole Bjørn Kraft 1947–1955
Aksel Møller 1955–1958
Poul Sørensen 1958–1969
Poul Møller 1969–1971
Erik Ninn-Hansen 1971–1974
Poul Schlüter 1974–1993
Henning Dyremose 1993
Hans Engell 1993–1997
Per Stig Møller 1997–1998
Pia Christmas-Møller 1998–1999
Bendt Bendtsen 1999–2008
Lene Espersen 2008–2011
Lars Barfoed 2011-2014
Søren Pape Poulsen 2014-

Party chairmen[edit]

Emil Piper 1916-28
Charles Tvede 1928-32
John Christmas Møller 1932-39
Vilhelm Fibiger 1939-48
Halfdan Hendriksen 1948-57
Einar Foss 1957-65
Knud Thestrup 1965-72
Erik Haunstrup Clemmensen 1972-74
Poul Schlüter 1974-77
Ib Stetter 1977-81
Poul Schlüter 1981-93
Torben Rechendorff 1993-95
Hans Engell 1995-97
Per Stig Møller 1997-98
Poul Andreassen 1998-00
Bendt Bendtsen 2000-08
Lene Espersen 2008-11
Lars Barfoed 2011-

Youth and student wings[edit]

Notable members[edit]

Electoral performance and parliamentary representation[edit]

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

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