The Danish People’s Party made a profitable election in 2015 with simply over 21 % of the vote and grew to become Denmark’s second largest occasion. In the 2019 parliamentary elections, the DF plummeted to eight.7 % and misplaced 21 of its 37 seats in parliament.
In 2022, ten members of parliament have chosen to go away the occasion in protest in opposition to the brand new occasion chief Morten Messerschmidt and even on the native degree, a number of politicians have resigned.
According to probably the most current opinion ballot, 5.6 % of these polled would vote for DF if there have been parliamentary elections in the present day.
On Saturday, two elected representatives, Søren Espersen and Dennis Flydtkjær, introduced that they had been becoming a member of two different now former occasion comrades, who left the occasion the day earlier than.
– In current years, politics has been overshadowed by leaks to the press, inner quarrels and outbursts by particular person members. It has taken focus from the political work, says Flydtkjær who in a press launch additionally complains about poor group and inner quarrels inside DF.
The defection within the immigration-critical Danish People’s Party started at the tip of February, when 5 elected representatives left the occasion in protest in opposition to the then newly elected occasion chief Morten Messerschmidt.
New occasion attracts
Since then, 5 extra members have resigned. In addition, a number of native politicians have left the DF, the occasion secretary has resigned and the press chief has resigned. And one in every of the six members of parliament who stay, former occasion chief Kristian Thulesen Dahl, has introduced that he doesn’t intend to face for re-election.
– It has been a lot lately and I hoped that it might finish after I resigned as occasion chief in January, but it surely by no means ends. It continues, Kristian Thulesen Dahl instructed Radio4 earlier in June.
In addition to the defections, the DF is threatened by a brand new occasion, former Minister of Migration Inger Støjbergs Danmarksdemokraterna. During her time as bourgeois minister, Støjberg – then with the occasion designation Venstre – grew to become identified for her hardships in the world of migration coverage and she’s going to proceed to push for a good immigration coverage.
“The masks are falling now”
The new occasion was introduced this week and three of the weekend’s defecting DF politicians have proven curiosity in becoming a member of. One of them is Jens Henrik Thulesen Dahl, Kristian Thulesen Dahl’s brother. Another is Peter Skaarup, till final week group chief and likewise former vice chairman of DF and one in every of the occasion’s extra excessive – profile members throughout its first yr after its formation in 1995.
But occasion chief Messerschmidt shouldn’t be overly involved concerning the growth, he says. On the opposite, he removes numerous high-profile opponents at the highest of the occasion, politicians whom he suspects have had contact with Inger Støjberg.
– The masks are falling now. There have been some who for a very long time have engaged in double play, he says to DR.