Moderate Liberal Party
|Moderate Liberal Party|
|Split from||Liberal Party|
|Merged into||Conservative Party|
|Politics of Norway
Moderate Liberal Party (Norwegian: Moderate Venstre) was a Norwegian political party that emerged from the conservative branch of the Liberal Party in 1888, consisting mainly of the Low Church. The party became the third Norwegian parliamentary party, after only four years of a two-party system.
When the party chairman Lars Oftedal entered cooperation with the Conservatives, part of the party returned to the Liberals, turning the Moderate Liberals even more into a landowners party. But unlike the Conservatives, the Moderate Liberals were in favour of increased home rule and eventually independence. When the Conservatives changed opinion of the union and the Coalition Party was founded, the Moderate Liberals joined this. In 1906 the Moderate Liberal Party became part of the Conservative Party. The remaining Liberal Party was often referred to as the Broad-Minded Liberal Party while the moderates were in existence.
Important issues for the party included temperance, religion and moral, as such the party is sometimes considered the predecessor of the Christian Democrats. The party also took centrist stands in regards to social and economical questions, and had most of its support in Western and Southern Norway.
- Mardal, Magnus A. (11 March 2009). "Moderate Venstre".
- Danielsen (et al.), 1991, p. 249