Left Socialists

Left Socialists (Danish: Venstresocialisterne) was a political party in Denmark. The party worked on what it called an "undogmatic revolutionary and Marxist basis".[citation needed] It was formed in 1967 as a split from the Socialist People's Party (SF).[1]

Left Socialists
Venstresocialisterne
AbbreviationVS
LeaderCollective leadership
Founded1967 (1967)
Dissolved8 September 2013 (2013-09-08)[a]
Split fromSocialist People's Party
Succeeded byRed-Green Alliance
HeadquartersGriffenfeldsgade 41
2200 Copenhagen N
NewspaperSolidarity
Youth wingSocialistisk Ungdoms Forum (1967–1971)
Venstresocialisternes Ungdom (1984–1992)
IdeologySocialism
Revolutionary socialism
Anti-capitalism
Political positionFar-left
Election symbol
Y
VS election campaign in support of the Red-Green Alliance

In 1989 the Left Socialists founded the Red-Green Alliance with the Communist Party of Denmark and Socialist Workers Party to contest in elections. At its congress in 1998 the Left Socialists transformed itself from a party to an association. Since then, VS concentrated most of its work towards building of the Red-Green Alliance. It continued to publish Solidaritet (Solidarity) and maintained a website, but except for that it had little activity of its own. Solidarity later became an independent publisher.[2]

On 8 September 2013, the Left Socialists disbanded, explaining they did not want to be a "party within the party".[2]

Election resultsEdit

Date Votes Seats
# % ± pp # ±
1968 57,184 2.0% +2.0
4 / 179
New
1971 45,979 1.6% -0.4
0 / 179
  4
1973 44,843 1.5% -0.1
0 / 179
  0
1975 63,579 2.1% +0.6
4 / 179
  4
1977 83,667 2.7% +0.6
5 / 179
  1
1979 116,047 3.7% +1.0
6 / 179
  1
1981 82,711 2.7% -1.0
5 / 179
  1
1984 89,356 2.7% 0.0
5 / 179
  0
1987 46,141 1.4% -1.3
0 / 179
  5
1988 20,303 0.6% -0.7
0 / 179
  0

NotesEdit

  1. ^ In 1998, the Left Socialists stopped being a party, and transformed into an organisation

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ David Childs (30 July 2015). The Changing Face of Western Communism. Taylor & Francis. p. 154. ISBN 978-1-317-37248-6. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Venstresocialisterne nedlægger sig selv". Politiken (in Danish). Ritzau. 9 September 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2019.

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