Heavy hitters line up to join new Støjberg party
The emergence of Inger Støjberg’s new party Danmarksdemokraterne has drastically changed the configuration of the blue bloc in Danish politics.
The party has released a list of its candidates for Parliament and several are former Dansk Folkeparti (DF) stalwarts already in Parliament.
Ex-DFers Peter Skaarup, Søren Espersen, Jens Henrik Thulesen Dahl, Hans Kristian Skibby, Karina Adsbøl, Lise Bech and Dennis Flydtkjær are already MPs, which means that Danmarksdemokraterne now has seven members in Christiansborg – one more than DF.
Parental leave first on platform
Støjberg, who herself will run in PM Mette Frederiksen’s backyard in north Jutland, promised that more candidates were on the way.
Danmarksdemokraterne has attracted criticism for not revealing a political platform in recent weeks, but that changed this week when the party unveiled its first standpoint.
It proposes giving families in Denmark nine additional weeks of parental leave to be dispersed among parents as they see fit.
“We have discussed a lot of politics and if parental leave isn’t about welfare and the economy, then I don’t know what is,” Støjberg told TV2 News.