Danish Elections: big gains for Red Green Alliance

By Thomas Eisler

With 6.7% and 12 MPs the Red Green Alliance (RGA) has tripled its electoral support at the elections for national parliament on September 15 compared to the elections in 2007. The elections also mark the end of 10 years of the Conservative–Liberal government which was based on support from the xenophobic populist Danish Peoples Party.

There will now be a majority that support the Social Democrats (SD) to form a government led by Helle Thorning-Schmidt. She will be Denmark’s first female prime minister .

The government will almost certainly include the Socialist Peoples Party (SPP). This party have had a very close alliance with the Social Democrats during recent years and have gone through a process to prove they are a “responsible” party ready to govern.

The success of the RGA is to a large extent explained by this turn of the SPP. The other side of the story is a very dynamic campaign by the RGA. The RGA has focused on the defence and improvement of public welfare and this is affordable through the taxation of the rich, multinational companies and speculation. Also the RGA  put forward a plan for the immediate creation of 56.000 climate jobs.

Electoral results 2011
% MP´s change in MP’s
Social Democrats 24.5 44 -1
Social Liberal Party 9.5 17 +8
Conservative 4.9 8 -10
Socialist Peoples Party 9.2 16 -7
Liberal Alliance 5.0 9 +4
Christian Democrats 0.8 0 0
Danish Peoples Party 12.3 22 -3
Liberal Party 26.7 47 +1
Red Green Alliance 6.7 12 +8
Others 0.1 0 0

RGA electoral results (national parliamentary elections)
1990: 1.7%
1994: 3.1%
1998: 2.7%
2001: 2.4%
2005: 3.4%
2007: 2.2%
2011: 6.7%

RGA membership
1992 1.082 ….
1993 999 -7,7%
1994 1.093 +9,4%
1995 1.189 +8,8%
1996 1.282 +7,8%
1997 1.479 +15,4%
1998 2.023 +36,8%
1999 1.968 -2,7%
2000 1.945 -1,1%
2001 1.992 +2,4%
2002 2.366 +18,8%
2003 2.321 – 1,9%
2004 2.524 +8,7%
2005 3.739 + 48,1 %
2006 4.127 +10,4 %
2007 4.099 – 0,7 %
2008 4.336 + 5,8%
2009 4.373 + 0,9%
2010 5.111 + 16,9%
2011 7.500 + 46,8%

The number for 2011 is a preliminary number as new members are registering continuously

1 Comment

  1. A great result for the RGA but there is effectively still a liberal majority in parliament and the “red” parties haven’t got a majority to reverse Liberal-Conservative attacks on the working class and the poor. Helle Thorning Schmidt’s majority includes the Radicals, a Social Liberal Party who have already agreed to attacks on unemployment benefits and early retirement. It’ll be hard for the RGA to acheive much under these conditions in parliament but there are great possibilities to mobilise in the unions and other social movements. I doubt the government will last its 4 year term.

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