It’s been a whirlwind year for Inger Støjberg – Venstre’s former minister – and it seems even a 60-day prison sentence can’t stop her.
This morning, the right-wing politician confirmed the rumors that have been circulating since her name appeared on a list of new political parties published by the Danish government: she is in the process of creating her own party.
“I was the one who founded the new party, Danmarksdemokraterne,” she told DR. “Good civic sense will be the central point of the new party. Danmarksdemokratern is not a protest party. On the contrary, if we are elected to the Folketing, we will engage in negotiations and conciliation.
Jump on the bandwagon
Støjberg has been shrouded in controversy since her 2021 impeachment trial and conviction for unlawful misconduct and separation of asylum couples in refugee centers.
Despite the controversy, Støjberg quickly gained support. The first members of his new party will likely come from his own backyard in Nordjylland. Former Venstre member Svend Madsen, for example, is considering joining, reported DR.
In addition, many former Dansk Folkeparti members are expected to join Støjberg, including MPs Liselott Blixt, Karina Adsbøll and Bent Bøgsted.
The holdouts remain
Not everyone on the right was so quick to team up with Støjberg. According to DR, she is still awaiting news from former DF chairman Kristian Thulesen Dahl, who has said he will not run for the DF in the next election. According to Støjberg, Dahl would be “welcome” to his new party.
Martin Henriksen, who was beaten by Morten Messerschmidt for the post of DF chairman in January, is also taking his time to decide.
“I did not join the party. If I do it at some point, I can’t say here on my feet,” Henriksen told DR. “I hope the new party can help unite the right after a long split.”
It remains to be seen whether Støjberg will get the 20,182 voter declarations needed for his party to be eligible for next year’s general election.