Conservative People’s Party

Published 28th August, 2011

The Conservative People’s Party or KF (Party letter – C) was founded in February 1916 by elements of the old Højre (Right) grouping that had been prominent since 1849. They also derived some of their support from the Free Conservatives and Venstre. They describe their ideology as conservatism or liberal conservatism and as centre right.

In the early years the KF supported other parties in coalition governments, mainly Venstre, and was part of the national unity coalition during World War 2. As part of the Venstre coalition government they introduced the new constitution in 1953 which introduced a unicameral parliament.

From 1953 until 1968 it was in opposition, taking around 30 to 36 seats in each election in the 179 member Folketing.

From 1968 to 1971 it was part of a coalition government with the Radical Liberal Party (RV) and Venstre. Then it went into decline, taking 16 seats in 1973 and 10 seats in 1975 as two new parties, the Centre Democrats (CD) and the Progress Party came on the scene.

By 1977 the KF was clawing its way back and in 1981 their leader, Poul Schlüter, became the forst Conservative People’s Party prime minister in a coalition with the Centre Democrats, Venstre and the Christian People’s Party. The KF went on to remain in government until 1993 when the government collapsed over the ‘Tamilgate’ scandal. At their peak, in 1984, they had 42 seats in the 179 seat Folketing.

They remained in opposition until 2001 when they joined the Venstre in forming a coalition government and remained in the government through to the 2011 general election.

The Conservative People’s Party are members of the International Democrat Union. In the European parliament they have one of the 13 national seats and are members of the European People’s Party.

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