Schleswig Party

The Schleswig Party (Danish: Slesvigsk Parti, German: Schleswigsche Partei) is a regional political party in Denmark representing the North Schleswig Germans.

Schleswig Party

Slesvigsk Parti
German nameSchleswigsche Partei
LeaderCarsten Leth Schmidt
Founded1920
HeadquartersVestergade 30
6200 Aabenraa
IdeologyRegionalism
ColoursYellow
Regions:
0 / 205
Municipal councils
10 / 2,432
Election symbol
S
Website
www.slesvigsk-parti.dk

HistoryEdit

The party was established in August 1920 as the Schleswig Voters Club (German: Schleswigscher Wählerverein) following the Schleswig Plebiscites and the ceding of Northern Schleswig from Germany to Denmark.[1] It ran in the September 1920 Folketing elections, winning a single seat taken by Johannes Schmidt.[1] The party maintained its single seat in elections in 1924, 1926, 1929, 1932 and 1935, but lost its parliamentary representation in the 1939 elections.[2]

The party did not run in the 1943 or 1945 elections, but returned to contest the 1947 elections,[3] in which it failed to win a seat.[2] The party remained seatless until the September 1953 elections, retaining its seat in 1957 and 1960. The 1964 elections saw the party lose its single seat, and it did not contest the 1966 elections.

The party returned to run in the 1968 elections, but failed to win a seat. After failing to win a seat in the 1971 elections, the party has not contested any further national elections, although it continues to participate in local politics in North Schleswig.

Between 1973 and 1979 the party was represented in Parliament by Jes Schmidt, a candidate elected through an electoral agreement with the Centre Democrats. After his death in 1979, the agreement between the two parties stopped because the SP proposed a candidate with a Waffen-SS past, thus unacceptable for the CD.[4]

LeadersEdit

  • Johannes Schmidt (1920–35)
  • Hans Christian Jepsen (1983–91)
  • Peter Bieling (1991–99)
  • Gerhard Mammen (1999–2010)
  • Marit Jessen Rüdiger (2010–12)
  • Carsten Leth Schmidt (2012–)

Election resultsEdit

FolketingEdit

Election Votes Seats
# % ± pp # ±
1920 (Sep) 7,505 0.6% New
1 / 179
New
1924 7,715 0.6% 0.0
1 / 179
  0
1926 10,422 0.8% +0.2
1 / 179
  0
1929 9,787 0.7% –0.1
1 / 179
  0
1932 9,868 0.6% –0.1
1 / 179
  0
1935 12,617 0.8% +0.2
1 / 179
  0
1939 15,016 0.9% +0.1
0 / 179
  1
19431945 Did not run
1947 7,464 0.4% +0.4
0 / 179
  0
1950 6,406 0.3% –0.1
0 / 179
  0
1953 (Apr) 8,438 0.4% +0.1
0 / 179
  0
1953 (Sep) 9,721 0.5% +0.1
1 / 179
  1
1957 9,202 0.4% –0.1
1 / 179
  0
1960 9,058 0.4% 0.0
1 / 179
  0
1964 9,274 0.4% 0.0
0 / 179
  1
1966 Did not run
1968 6,831 0.2% +0.2
0 / 179
  0
1971 6,743 0.2% 0.0
0 / 179
  0
1973 Did not run

LandstingEdit

Election Votes Seats
1928 6,736
0 / 76
1932 Did not run
1936 8,868
0 / 76
1939 11,122
0 / 76
19431953 Did not run

Local electionsEdit

Municipal elections
Election Seats
# ±
1937
1943
1946
1950
1954
1958
1962
1966
42 / 10,005
1970
20 / 4,677
  22
1974
16 / 4,735
  4
1978
14 / 4,759
  2
1981
12 / 4,769
  2
1985
14 / 4,773
  2
1989
9 / 4,737
  5
1993
9 / 4,703
  0
1997
8 / 4,647
  1
2001
7 / 4,685
  1
2005
4 / 2,522
  3
2009
6 / 2,468
  2
2013
9 / 2,444
  3
2017
10 / 2,432
  1
 
Regional elections
Date Votes Seats
# ±
1935 4,737
6 / 299
1943
6 / 299
  0
1946
1 / 299
  5
1950 3,123
2 / 299
  1
1954 3,912
3 / 299
  1
1958 4,069
3 / 303
  0
1962 3,860
2 / 301
  1
1966 3,837
3 / 303
  1
1970 7,501
1 / 366
  2
1974 6,454
2 / 370
  1
1978 6,508
1 / 370
  1
1981 6,285
1 / 370
  0
1985 5,593
1 / 374
  0
1981 4,877
0 / 374
  1
1993 5,115
1 / 374
  1
1997 4,538
1 / 374
  0
2001 4,417
1 / 374
  0
2005-2013
Did not run
2017 5,267
0 / 205
  0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b The Schleswig Party after 1920 Schleswig Party (in German)
  2. ^ a b Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, pp552–553 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  3. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p540
  4. ^ Hans Schultz Hansen,Sønderjyllands historie siden 1945

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