Lene Espersen

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Lene Espersen
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Deputy Prime Minister of Denmark
In office
10 September 2008 – 13 January 2011
Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen
Lars Løkke Rasmussen
Preceded by Bendt Bendtsen
Succeeded by Lars Barfoed
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
23 February 2010 – 3 October 2011
Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen
Preceded by Per Stig Møller
Succeeded by Villy Søvndal
Minister of Economic and Business Affairs
In office
10 September 2008 – 23 February 2010
Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen
Lars Løkke Rasmussen
Preceded by Bendt Bendtsen
Succeeded by Brian Mikkelsen
Leader of the Conservative People's Party
In office
9 September 2008 – 13 January 2011
Preceded by Bendt Bendtsen
Succeeded by Lars Barfoed
Minister of Justice
In office
27 November 2001 – 10 September 2008
Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen
Preceded by Frank Jensen
Succeeded by Brian Mikkelsen
Personal details
Born (1965-09-26) 26 September 1965 (age 48)
Hirtshals, Denmark
Political party Conservative People's Party
Spouse(s) Danny Feltmann
Alma mater University of Aarhus
Religion Lutheranism

Lene Espersen (born 26 September 1965) is a Danish politician and member of parliament who was Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs from 23 February 2010 to 3 October 2011, and was leader of the Conservative People's Party and Deputy Prime Minister from 9 September 2008[1] to 13 January 2011. A member of parliament (Folketinget) since 1994, she served as Minister of Justice from 27 November 2001 to 10 September 2008 and as Minister of Economic and Business Affairs from 10 September 2008 to 23 February 2010.

She attended Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific in Canada.

On 13 January 2011, she announced at a press conference at 19.00 pm, briefly after her arrival in Denmark, that she would not continue as leader of The Conservatives. The announcement came after months of increasing pressure, where various issues regarding her work ethics, had gained national attention, and decreasing support in opinion polls for The Conservative party. During her tenure as political leader, support for the Conservative People's Party has been reduced from around 10% to below 5%. On 14 January, Lars Barfoed succeeded Lene Espersen as political leader of the Conservative People's Party.[2]

Lene Espersen was also an attendee of Trilateral Commission meetings in 2002 and 2005.

She has two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Frank Jensen
Minister of Justice
2001–2008
Succeeded by
Brian Mikkelsen
Preceded by
Bendt Bendtsen
Deputy Prime Minister of Denmark
2008–2011
Title abolished
Minister of Economic and Business Affairs
2008–2010
Succeeded by
Brian Mikkelsen
Preceded by
Per Stig Møller
Minister of Foreign Affairs
2010–2011
Succeeded by
Villy Søvndal
Party political offices
Preceded by
Bendt Bendtsen
Leader of the Conservative People's Party
2008–2011
Succeeded by
Lars Barfoed