Thorning-Schmidt I Cabinet

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Thorning-Schmidt I Cabinet
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74th cabinet of Denmark
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Cabinet of Helle Thorning-Schmidt in front of Amalienborg
Date formed3 October 2011
Date dissolved3 February 2014
People and organisations
Head of state Margrethe II of Denmark
Head of government Helle Thorning-Schmidt
Member party Social Democrats
Social Liberal Party
Socialist People's Party
Status in legislatureCoalition
Opposition party Venstre
Opposition leader Lars Løkke Rasmussen
History
Election(s) parliamentary election
Incoming formation2011
Outgoing formation2014
Predecessor Løkke Rasmussen Cabinet
Successor Thorning-Schmidt Cabinet II

The cabinet of Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt was the cabinet government of Denmark from 3 October 2011 [1] to 3 February 2014. It was a coalition between the Social Democrats, the Danish Social Liberal Party and the Socialist People's Party. On 9 August 2013, Helle Thorning-Schmidt made a cabinet reshuffle and on 12 December 2013, she made a second cabinet reshuffle. The cabinet resigned on 3 February 2014, following the Socialist People's Party left the government on 30 January 2014. It was succeeded by the Cabinet of Helle Thorning-Schmidt II

Prime Minister of Denmark position

The Prime Minister of Denmark is the head of government in the Kingdom of Denmark comprising the three constituent countries: Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. Before the creation of the modern office, the kingdom did not initially have a head of government separate from its head of state, namely the Monarch, in whom the executive authority was vested. The Constitution of 1849 established a constitutional monarchy by limiting the powers of the Monarch and creating the office of premierminister. The inaugural holder of the office was Adam Wilhelm Moltke.

Helle Thorning-Schmidt Danish politician, former Danish Prime Minister

Helle Thorning-Schmidt is a retired Danish politician who served as the 26th Prime Minister of Denmark from 2011 to 2015, and Leader of the Social Democrats from 2005 to 2015. She is the first woman to hold each post. Following defeat in 2015, she announced that she would step down as both Danish Prime Minister and Social Democratic party leader. Ending her political career in April 2016, she is the chief executive of the NGO Save the Children.

The Cabinet of Denmark has been the chief executive body and the government of the Kingdom of Denmark since 1848. The Cabinet is led by the Prime Minister. There are around 25 members of the Cabinet, known as "ministers", all of whom are also heads of specific government ministries. The Cabinet has usually been composed of Ministers from two or more parties forming a coalition government. Still, most of these governments have been minority governments, relying on the support of still other parties.

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Because of the government's minority status and its dependency on the support of the opposition, Venstre, the government had to jettison many of the policies that it had given during the election campaign. Although critics have accused the government of breaking its promises, other studies argue that it has already accomplished half of its stated goals, blaming instead poor public relations strategies for its increasingly negative public image. [2]

Venstre, full name Venstre, Danmarks Liberale Parti, is a conservative-liberal, agrarian political party in Denmark. Founded as part of a peasants' movement against the landed aristocracy, today it espouses an economically liberal pro-free market ideology.

Government formations

At the parliamentary election on 15 September 2011, the governing Liberal Party remained the single largest party with the addition of one seat while the Social Democrats lost a seat. However, a three-party coalition of opposition parties together with the supporting Red-Green Alliance won a larger share of seats than the incumbent Liberal-Conservative government and their supporting parties the Liberal Alliance and Danish People's Party. [3] Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen then tendered the cabinet's resignation to Queen Margrethe II on 16 September, [4] following which she met with the leaders of all parties. She then tasked Social Democrat Helle Thorning-Schmidt with negotiating the formation of a new government. Rasmussen's cabinet remained in office as a caretaker government until 3 October, when Thorning-Schmidt's cabinet was sworn in making her the first female Prime Minister. [5] The Social Liberal Party and the Socialist People's Party also became part of the three-party government. [6] It was the first time the Socialist People's Party joined a government since its foundation in 1959. [3]

The Conservative People's Party, also known as the Conservatives is a conservative centre-right political party in Denmark. The party is a member of the European People's Party (EPP) and International Democrat Union.

Liberal Alliance (Denmark) political party in Denmark

The Liberal Alliance is a liberal and libertarian political party in Denmark.

Danish Peoples Party political party in Denmark

The Danish People's Party (DPP) is a political party in Denmark that is generally described as right-wing populist by academics and far-right by international media. It has also been described in academia and the media as a nativist and anti-immigrant party. The party was founded in 1995 by Pia Kjærsgaard, who was the leader of the party until 2012, when she passed the leadership on to Kristian Thulesen Dahl. The DPP lent its support to the Liberal-Conservative government that ruled from the general election of 2001 until the 2011 election defeat. While not part of the cabinet, DPP cooperated closely with the governing coalition on most issues and received support for key political stances in return, to the point that the government was commonly referred to as the "VKO-government". It also provided parliamentary support to Lars Løkke Rasmussen's cabinets from 2016-2019, again without participating in it.

On 30 January 2014 Annette Vilhelmsen, the leader of Socialist People's Party announced that the party would be leaving government, the result of extended turmoil over the proposed sale of DONG Energy shares to Goldman Sachs. [7]

Annette Vilhelmsen Danish politician

Annette Lilja Vilhelmsen is a Danish politician who served as chairperson of the Socialist People's Party from 2012 to 2014. She served as Minister for Social Affairs and Integration from August 2013 to February 2014 and Minister for Economic and Business Affairs from 2012 to 2013 in the first cabinet of Helle Thorning-Schmidt. She was a member of Folketing from 2011 to 2015.

Socialist Peoples Party (Denmark) political party in Denmark

The Socialist People's Party is a green, popular socialist political party in Denmark.

Goldman Sachs U.S. multinational investment bank

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List of ministers and portfolios

The Social Democrats had ten ministers including the Prime Minister. The smaller Social Liberal Party and Socialist People's Party each had six ministers. [1]

PortfolioMinisterTookofficeLeftofficeParty
Prime Minister's Office
Prime Minister   Helle Thorning-Schmidt 3 October 20113 February 2014 Social Democrats
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Economy and Interior  Margrethe Vestager 3 October 20113 February 2014 Social Liberals
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Minister for Foreign Affairs   Villy Søvndal 3 October 201112 December 2013 SF
  Holger K. Nielsen 12 December 201330 January 2014 SF
Minister for Development Cooperation   Christian Friis Bach 3 October 201121 November 2013 Social Liberals
  Rasmus Helveg Petersen 21 November 20133 February 2014 Social Liberals
Minister for European Affairs  Nicolai Wammen 3 October 20119 August 2013 Social Democrats
  Nick Hækkerup 9 August 20133 February 2014 (abolished) Social Democrats
Minister for Trade and Investment  Pia Olsen Dyhr 3 October 20119 August 2013 (abolished) SF
Ministry of Finance
Minister for Finance   Bjarne Corydon 3 October 20113 February 2014 Social Democrats
Ministry of Justice
Minister for Justice   Morten Bødskov 3 October 201112 December 2013 Social Democrats
  Karen Hækkerup 12 December 20133 February 2014 Social Democrats
Ministry of Defence
Minister for Defence   Nick Hækkerup 3 October 20119 August 2013 Social Democrats
  Nicolai Wammen 9 August 20133 February 2014 Social Democrats
Ministry of Culture
Minister for Culture   Uffe Elbæk 3 October 20115 December 2012 Social Liberals
  Marianne Jelved 6 December 20123 February 2014 Social Liberals
Ministry of Taxation
Minister for Taxation   Thor Möger Pedersen 3 October 201116 October 2012 SF
  Holger K. Nielsen 16 October 201212 December 2013 SF
  Jonas Dahl 12 December 201330 January 2014 SF
Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education
Minister for Research, Innovation and Higher Education   Morten Østergaard 3 October 20113 February 2014 Social Liberals
Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs
Minister for Business and Growth   Ole Sohn 3 October 201116 October 2012 SF
  Annette Vilhelmsen 16 October 20129 August 2013 SF
  Henrik Sass Larsen 9 August 20133 February 2014 Social Democrats
Ministry of Housing, Urban and Rural Affairs
Minister for the City, Housing and Rural Affairs  Carsten Hansen 3 October 20113 February 2014 Social Democrats
Ministry of Employment
Minister for Employment  Mette Frederiksen 3 October 20113 February 2014 Social Democrats
Ministry of Education
Minister for Education   Christine Antorini 3 October 20113 February 2014 Social Democrats
Ministry of Social Affairs
Minister for Integration and Social Affairs   Karen Hækkerup 3 October 20119 August 2013 Social Democrats
  Annette Vilhelmsen 9 August 201330 January 2014 SF
Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries
Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries   Mette Gjerskov 3 October 20119 August 2013 Social Democrats
  Karen Hækkerup 9 August 201312 December 2013 Social Democrats
  Dan Jørgensen 12 December 20133 February 2014 Social Democrats
Ministry of Climate and Energy
Minister for Climate and Energy  Martin Lidegaard 3 October 20113 February 2014 Social Liberals
Ministry of Transport
Minister for Transport  Henrik Dam Kristensen 3 October 20119 August 2013 Social Democrats
  Pia Olsen Dyhr 9 August 201330 January 2014 SF
Ministry of Health
Minister for Health and Prevention   Astrid Krag 3 October 201130 January 2014 SF
Ministry of the Environment
Minister for the Environment   Ida Auken 3 October 201130 January 2014 SF
Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs
Minister for Equality, Church and Nordic Cooperation  Manu Sareen 3 October 20113 February 2014 Social Liberals
Preceded by
Lars Løkke Rasmussen
Cabinet of Denmark
2011-2014
Succeeded by
Helle Thorning-Schmidt II

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