Centre Democrats (Denmark)

The Centre Democrats (Danish: Centrum-Demokraterne, CD) were a Danish political party.

Centre Democrats
Centrum-Demokraterne
AbbreviationCD
LeaderBen Haddou
Founded7 November 1973 (1973-11-07)
Dissolved26 January 2008 (2008-01-26)
Split fromSocial Democrats
HeadquartersOmøgade 8, 2. sal
2100 København Ø
IdeologyCentrism[1]
Social democracy[2]
Liberal conservatism[3]
Political positionCentre[4]
European Parliament groupEuropean People's Party (1984-1994)
ColoursPurple
Election symbol
D[a]
Website
www.centrumdemokraterne.dk

History

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The party was formed in 1973[5] by Erhard Jakobsen, a former MP and mayor of Gladsaxe, as a centrist splinter group from the Danish Social Democrats.[6] It participated in both centre-right governments (1982–1988) and centre-left governments (1993–1996).

In the 2001 election, it lost its parliamentary representation, a severe setback for the party. In the 2005 election, it got 33,635 votes (1% of votes nationwide). It also ran in several municipalities in the Danish municipal election in November 2005. It also ran in simultaneous elections to the new Regional Councils, except in Region Midtjylland, where a local party official forgot to hand in the required number of voters' signatures before the deadline closed.[7]

On 26 January 2008, an extraordinary party conference decided to dissolve the party by 1 February 2008.[8]

Party leaders

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Election results

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Parliament (Folketing)

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Date Votes Seats
# % ± pp # ±
1973 236.784 7.8% +7.8
14 / 179
New
1975 66.316 2.2% -5.6
4 / 179
  10
1977 200.347 6.4% +4.2
11 / 179
  7
1979 102.132 3.2% -3.2
6 / 179
  5
1981 258.522 8.3% +5.1
15 / 179
  9
1984 154.553 4.6% -3.7
8 / 179
  7
1987 161.070 4.8% +0.2
9 / 179
  1
1988 155.464 4.7% -0.1
9 / 179
  0
1990 165.556 5.1% +0.4
9 / 179
  0
1994 94.496 2.8% -2.3
5 / 179
  4
1998 146.802 4.3% +1.5
8 / 179
  3
2001 61.031 1.8% -2.5
0 / 179
  8
2005 33.880 1.0% -0.8
0 / 179
  0
2007 Did not run.

Municipal elections

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Date Seats
# ±
2001
2 / 4,647
  0
2005
0 / 2,522
  2

Regional elections

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Date Votes Seats
# ±
2001 24,914
3 / 374
  0
2005 4,987
0 / 205
  3

European Parliament elections

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Date Votes Seats
# % ± pp # ±
1979 107.790 6.1% +6.1
1 / 15
New
1984 131.984 6.6% +0.5
1 / 15
  0
1989 142.190 8.0% +1.4
2 / 16
  1
1994 18.365 0.9% -7.1
0 / 16
  2
1999 68.717 3.5% +2.6
0 / 16
  0
2004 Did not run.

Notes

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  1. ^ Previously used M

References

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  1. ^ Nordsieck, Wolfram. "Denmark". Parties and Elections in Europe. Archived from the original on 5 April 2004. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  2. ^ Ezrow, Lawrence (2011). "Electoral systems and party responsiveness". In Schofield, Norman; Caballero, Gonzalo (eds.). Political Economy of Institutions, Democracy and Voting. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 319. ISBN 978-3-642-19519-8.
  3. ^ Nordsieck, Wolfram. "Denmark". Parties and Elections in Europe. Archived from the original on 3 February 2003. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  4. ^ Lane, Jan-Erik; Ersson, Svante (25 July 2008). "The Nordic Countries: Compromise and Corporatism in the Welfare State". In Colomer, Josep M. (ed.). Comparative European Politics (3rd ed.). Routledge. p. 260. ISBN 978-0-203-89452-1.
  5. ^ Western Europe 2003. Psychology Press. 30 November 2002. p. 132. ISBN 978-1-85743-152-0. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  6. ^ Cook, Chris; Francis, Mary (1979). The first European elections: A handbook and guide. London: Macmillan Press. ISBN 0-333-26575-0.
  7. ^ [1] Archived May 2, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ jp.dk - CD nedlægger sig selv
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