Conservative People’s Party.

Conservative People’s Party. The Conservatives were founded in 1915 as the successor of Højre (Right). The party’s youth wing, the Young Conservatives, which is believed to be the oldest political youth organisation in the world, having been founded in 1905. Originally the party was the primary antagonist to Venstre but as the Social Democrats arrived on the scene the Conservatives and Venstre began to work together, while also competing for dominance on the centre-right. The party has historically tended to do well when Venstre does badly, and vice-versa.

The Conservatives are a more urban party than Venstre and are more economically liberal. Scandinavian conservative parties have typically become rather economically and socially liberal while compared to other countries and the Danish Conservatives are in that mould. For instance, the party has backed a flat tax (though this being high tax Denmark it wants to set the rate at 50%).

Between 1982 and 1993 the Conservatives held the Premiership under Poul Schuter. However the party has suffered since then, with Venstre increasingly the dominant party on the centre-right and the Liberal Alliance squeezing the more urban, economically liberal vote from the other side. The party won only 4.9% of the vote and 8 seats in the 2011 election, leaving it as the smallest party in parliament. Even in opposition the party has continued to poll poorly, continuing to lose support, it is in danger of losing its seat.

The Danish Conservatives are pro-European.

The Conservative People’s Party is a member of the European People’s Party. It is one of the least loyal members of the EPP, voting with the party 85.7% of the time.


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