Moderate Liberal Party
|Moderate Liberal Party|
|Split from||Liberal Party|
|Merged into||Conservative Party|
Unionism (from 1893)
|National affiliation||Coalition Party (1903–06)|
|Politics of Norway
The Moderate Liberal Party (Norwegian: Moderate Venstre, lit. "Moderate Left") was a political party in Norway that emerged from the conservative religious branch of the Liberal Party in 1888. The party's turn towards cooperation with the Conservative Party under party leader Lars Oftedal split the party in 1891, sharpening its profile as a moderate-conservative party based in the low church of south-western Norway. The party was dissolved shortly after the dissolution of the union with Sweden in 1905.
The Moderate Liberal Party was founded in 1888, when a religious wing led by revivalist priest Lars Oftedal broke away from the Liberal Party. Other leading members were Jakob Sverdrup and Baard Haugland. The political conflicts between the Liberals and Conservatives in 1891 resulted in a split among the Moderates themselves, with the more left-leaning Moderates returning to the mother party. The split resulted in a more uniformed profile as the remaining party sharpened its opposition against the "pure" Liberals and became more supportive towards the Conservatives.
In the mid-1890s the party's central goal became to work against the Liberals' increasingly radical policy of challenging the union with Sweden, granting the population general voting rights, and introducing direct state taxes. The split of 1891 also caused the party to become more firmly based among the revivalist low church of south-western Norway. As such, other important issues for the party included temperance, religion and moral, while it took centrist stands in regards to social and economical questions. The party gained an eastern Norway counterpart in 1893 by the party Centre, the "Eastern Moderates", and for a brief time there was talks of a merger between the two parties.
In 1903 the party joined the Coalition Party alongside the Conservatives, and was part of the coalition during the dissolution of the union with Sweden in 1905. It effectively merged into the Conservative Party the following year.
- *Indicates shared vote between the Moderate Liberals and Conservatives. Seats indicated are the Moderate Liberals alone.
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In the 1888 election, the moderate left, which drew much of its support from the radical revivalists of the south and west, emerged as a largely regional party more or less closely associated with radical revivalism. The party was little more than a vehicle for individual representatives, however, and never developed a distinctive program.
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