Following Henriette Kjær’s announcement earlier today that she would resign her positions as chairman and political spokesman of the Conservative parliamentary group and not stand for re-election despite being re-nominated by her constituency only a couple of days ago, I couldn’t help noting the massive turn-over in the Conservative group.
In 2007, the party elected 18 MPs.
2 have defected.
4 have resigned their seats for various reasons.
1 will not be standing for re-election.
1 joined from another party.
That is a pretty heavy rate by all accounts and the Conservative pool of political talents is not exactly huge – in fact Henriette Kjær was seen as one of the best politicians in the Conservative Party. I wonder how many parties have lost one third of their original group during a three-year period in Danish political history. (Leave aside the Progress Party which managed to lose its entire parliamentary group during the 1998-2001 term when it defected en bloc and Liberal Alliance which has only one of its original five MPs left in this term).