Rikke Karlsson

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Rikke Karlsson

Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
1 July 2014
ConstituencyDenmark
Personal details
Born (1965-08-07) 7 August 1965 (age 53)
Svenstrup, Aalborg, Denmark
Political party Danish
Independent
 EU
ERC

Rikke Karlsson (born 29 April 1965) is a Danish politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Denmark. She is an Independent politician, but she is a member of the European Conservatives and Reformists.

former member of the Danish People's Party[1] She is the niece of fellow Danish People's Party politician Søren Espersen.[2] She was elected to the European Parliament (EP) in the 2014 EP election. She was a local politician in Rebild Municipality and North Denmark Region council 2009–2014[2][3] and has been a substitute to the Folketing[4]

Karlsson has social pedagogy and has worked as a social worker, teacher, leader of a school for children with special problems and in healthcare sector, including psychiatry.[2]

Elected a member of the municipal council in Rebild in 2009, she was a critic of the municipal authorises in the Rebild-affair where a man had sexually abused nine children, also after concern had been raised to the municipality.[2] Karlsson's involvement in the affair was in the beginning controversial.[3] The affair led to the resignation of four leaders in the municipality.[5]

A candidate to the Folketing in the 2011 election, she was elected first substitute to the parliament.[4]

Being a candidate to the European Parliament for the third time in 2014, she was in nominated in second spot at the party's list and was elected with 7,944 preference votes.[4]

Karlsson lives in Støvring and has three children.[6] She is the niece of fellow Danish People's Party politician Søren Espersen.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rikke Karlsson leaves the Danish People's Party (in Danish) (19 Oct 2015) Danmarks Radio.
  2. ^ a b c d e Anders Holm Nielsen (23 May 2014) Rikke Karlsson: Fra Rebild til Bruxelles (in Danish) TV2. Retrieved 6 June 2014
  3. ^ a b Ritzau (27 May 2014) PORTRÆT: DF'eren der satte Rebild-lavinen i gang (in Danish) Jyllandsposten. Retrieved 6 June 2014
  4. ^ a b c Kender du dem? Disse tre DF'ere er på vej til Bruxelles (in Danish) Danmarks Radio.
  5. ^ Martin Johansne (15 November 2012) Endnu en chef falder på Rebild-sagen (in Danish) Jyllandsposten.
  6. ^ Rikke Karlsson Dansk Folkeparti. Retrieved 6 June 2014