Conservative People's Party (Denmark)

Det Conservative Folkeparti (K ), dän. for Conservative People's Party, is a political party in Denmark.


The Conservatives went from 1915 the right of Parliament forth ( højre ). The party then represented mainly the interests of the bourgeoisie in the larger cities. The ratio of right-wing liberal party " Venstre " alternated between partnership and competition. In the 1950s, the Venstre - chairman Erik Eriksen was negotiating the merger of the two parties on the initiative, but this failed due to the Conservatives. The original division of the bourgeois camp in a party of the urban bourgeoisie and a representative of agricultural interests still lives today in the distribution of the strongholds of both parties continued: The Conservatives are successful especially in central Copenhagen, Frederiksberg and the northeast of the island of Zealand, Venstre in the rural structured regions such as Western and Southern Jutland. The conservative electoral base is recruited especially from industry and crafts, self-employed, civil servants and parts of the middle class. The Conservatives are in favor of a free market economy and a lean welfare state.

The vote share of the party lay before the landslide election of 1973 around 20 %, but went after the appearance of Mogens Glistrups populist Progress Party back to around 5%. In addition to the Progress Party, to which many regular voters had defected, it was mainly homemade personnel disputes, who brought the tradition of the party to the brink of existence. Only after Poul Schlüter chairman and 1982, Prime Minister had become, we took the party back uphill. In the 1990s, there was renewed personal clashes that led to a crash in favor of the voters in 1998. The previously little-known Bendt Bendtsen gained the party back temporarily and lead to the government in 2001. She was involved from 2001 to 2011 to a minority government with the right-wing liberal Venstre with the connivance of the right-wing populist Danish People's Party.

Under Bendtsen's successor Lene Espersen the old wing fighting flared up again. In January 2011, Justice Minister Lars Barfoed became the new party leader. In Parliament 2011 election campaign, the party tried from the solid ties to the right-wing populist majority buyer to liberate and called for a change in strategy of the bourgeois parties with the aim of looking at the economic, tax and immigration policy new majorities in the middle of the political spectrum. However, the electorate turned out additionally unsettled, so that the Conservatives suffered the worst result of her long history of the party in September 2011. They are currently the smallest group in the Danish Parliament.

Folketing elections

Since the introduction of proportional representation in 1918 (Source: Folketingets Oplysning )

Party leadership

Political leaders elected by the Group

  • John Christmas Møller 1928-1947
  • Ole Bjørn force 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 since 2011

Chairman elected by the Congress

  • Emil Piper 1916-1928
  • Charles Tvede 1928-1932
  • John Christmas Møller 1932-1939
  • Vilhelm Fibiger 1939-1948
  • Halfdan Hendriksen 1948-1957
  • Einar Foss 1957-1965
  • Knud Thestrup 1965-1972
  • Erik Clemmensen Haunstrup 1972-1974
  • Poul Schlüter 1974-1977
  • Ib Stetter 1977-1981
  • Poul Schlüter 1981-1993
  • Torben computing Dorff 1993-1995
  • Hans Engell 1995-1997
  • Per Stig Møller 1997-1998
  • Poul Andreassen 1998-2000
  • Bendt Bendtsen 2000-2008
  • Lene Espersen 2008-2011
  • Lars Barfoed since 2011