Tuesday 23 January 2018

Danish election on a knife edge after exit poll

Helle Thorning-Schmidt
Helle Thorning-Schmidt

Richard Orange

Denmark's general election looked too close to call as the official exit poll was announced yesterday evening, leaving it unclear whether the country's first female prime minister has won a historic second term or will make way for a new centre-right government.

"I'm asking people to vote for certainty and they know what they get with me. They get a stable economy and they get good welfare," said Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the Social Democratic prime minister, as she arrived outside a Copenhagen polling station in the afternoon with her husband Stephen Kinnock, a British Labour MP.

The election has been watched unusually closely in the UK ever since Liberal leader Lars Lokke Rasmussen struck an agreement with three other right-wing parties to back David Cameron's push for EU reform.


Meanwhile, Ms Thorning-Schmidt's impressive comeback over the past year may hold lessons for Britain's Labour party as it chooses its new leader.

A weighted average of polls by the 'Berlingske' newspaper yesterday morning gave the five right-wing parties a slender lead, with 50.5pc of the vote against 49.5pc for the five left-wing parties. This would only give them one additional seat, however, meaning the Social Democrats may still be ahead once votes in Greenland and the Faroe Islands are factored in.

Irish Independent

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