Fremskrittspartiet was founded as a
protest movement against the nanny state and the interference in
personal freedom associated with it.
This was directly expressed in the Party’s name which became Anders
Lange’s party for greatly reduced taxes, charges and state interference.
These thoughts are also expressed in the Party’s mission statement which
«Fremskrittspartiet is a libertarian party which will work towards
greatly reduced taxes, charges and state interference, and look after
the rights and freedom of the inhabitants in accordance with the
as well as in the Party’s manifesto which says:
«Fremskrittspartiet is a libertarian party. It is founded on the
Norwegian Constitution, Norwegian and Western tradition and heritage
based on a Christian ethos. Fremskrittspartiet’s principal objective is
to achieve considerable reductions in taxes, charges and state
2. THE BEGINNING
«Nobody can resist an idea, whose time
This is the famous aphorism of Victor Hugo. In 1973, the Norwegian
people had experienced successive conservative and socialist governments,
all of which had increased the burden of taxes and public charges and
introduced new forced reforms.
The voters remembered the Borten government who introduced VAT and
promised tax breaks that never came. Voters had no liberal alternative
to the “tax-vulture” parties.
It was in this atmosphere that Anders Lange, then aged 69, appeared with
his 10-point programme for a freer society.
3. WE’VE HAD ENOUGH
The programme was called “We’ve had
enough”. It was advertised in the major newspapers as the basis for a
meeting at the Saga Cinema in Oslo on April 8, 1973. The main speaker
was Anders Lange. Close to 3000 Norwegians, who were tired of taxes and
wanted more freedom, were hooked by the “We’ve had enough” poster and
came to the meeting.
Anders Lange brought the house down as always. There was tremendous
applause, and after a thundering 3-hour speech Anders Lange left Saga
Kino as Party Chairman and in first place on the Party’s election list
for the Parliament.
The new party was named «Anders Lange’s Party for a Strong Reduction in
Taxes, Duties and Public Intervention» (ALP). Thus the Party’s name
summed up the Party’s programme.
The birth of Anders Lange’s party shook
up Norwegian politics. The established parties and organisations were
suddenly confronted with what had been carefully eradicated from their
ranks: Protests against the collective society and the excellence of its
The first opinion polls showed close to 5% support for the new party.
Shortly before the election an opinion poll was published showing that
over 12% of voters were sympathetic to ALP’s viewpoints.
Still, the established parties comforted themselves with the belief that
although the voters had slapped the old parties on the wrist in the
opinion polls, they would come to their senses on election day. They
referred to the fact that the tax protest movement, organized by Pierre
Poujade in France in 1954, disappeared very quickly. The hope was that
the same thing would happen to ALP.
The success of Mogens Glistrup’s new party, Fremskridspartiet (Progress
Party), in Denmark however, indicated that something else was going on.
On election day (September 10, 1973) the
old-style, authoritarian, conventional politicians were proved wrong.
With his trademark sword and Advocaat, Anders Lange entered the
Parliament (Stortinget) followed by Erling Erland from Rogaland, Erik
Gjems Onstad from Akershus and Harald Slettebø from Hordaland. 5.01% of
voters voted for ALP. All in all, the Party got 108,000 votes.
4. EVERYDAY PROBLEMS
The first general assembly was held at
Nøkling Hospits at Hjelmeland in Rogaland. The next one was held at
Hotel Prinsen, Trondheim in February, 1975.
By this time party founder Anders Lange was dead. He died on October 18,
1974, and Eivind Eckbo stepped in as party leader until the general
assembly when Arve Lønnum, MD, was elected new chairman.
The opinion polls were on a downward spiral.
From the start, the new party attracted many competent people who were
all individualists with strong personalities.
5. REFORMPARTIET (REFORM PARTY)
That’s why it didn’t take too long before
there were serious disagreements about how the Party should be run. In
1974, Reformpartiet was founded by a splinter group who wanted a Party
with a thoroughly prepared programme. Carl I. Hagen entered the
Parliament after the death of Anders Lange as an independent
representative of Reformpartiet.
However, there was reconciliation in May 1975. Reformpartiet members got
full rights of membership in ALP, which 90% took up. The return was
marked by a reconciliation toast at the opening of the ALP pub in the
basement of Oslo’s Amalienborg Restaurant.
Unfortunately, this didn’t help the
results of the election. Not even active support from Mogens Glistrup in
the election campaign could prevent a poor result in the first county
election contested by the Party (1975). The Party’s election support
stood at 1.4%.
6. MORE MISFORTUNE AND TURMOIL
The decline in the opinion polls
continued. In April 1977 they bottomed out at 0.2%. It wasn’t easy to
run an election campaign while the opinion polls backed up arguments
that a vote for us would be wasted. The sombre mood spread, and in
October 1976 Erik Gjems Onstad went to the press and recommended that
the electorate should vote for Høyre (Conservative Party) at the next
“To vote for ALP is to waste your vote”, Erik Gjems Onstad said two
weeks after he replaced Harald Slettebø as parliamentary group leader.
This left the Parliament Group and the
Party with no choice. Erik Gjems Onstad was expelled. Gjems Onstad was
correct however in his prophecy preceding the 1977 election. Despite the
change of name to Fremskrittspartiet (FrP) on January 29, 1977, the
opinion polls just before the election were at 0.8%. The election result
of 1.9% was 100% better. However, the Party returned no members of
7. THE WIND CHANGES
Carl I. Hagen won the election for
chairman at the general assembly at the KNA hotel in Oslo in 1978, and
has been party chairman ever since. The laborious work of building up
the Party continued along with the steady progress that began after the
death of Anders Lange and hitting rock bottom in 1975.
The result of the 1979 election (municipality
and county council elections) was 2.5%.
The result of the 1981 election was 4.5%
and the Party returned four members to parliament.
Carl I. Hagen Chairman of the Party, Oslo
Jens Marcusson Ship Owner, Rogaland
Bjørn Erling Ytterhorn Commander Captain, Hordaland
Fridtjof Frank Gundersen Doctor of Law, Akershus
Gundersen ran as an independent on the Fremskrittspartiet list. Jens
Marcussen and Bjørn Erling Ytterhorn had both been part of the Party
leadership for a long time, and held positions of trust as vice-chairmen
of the Party. The Party now had a strong parliamentary group, with the
same county representation as in the 1973 election.
There were several reasons for the election success of 1981. Many have
pointed to the fact that Carl I. Hagen performed very well in the
television debates. At the same time, the organisation had recouped in
Fremskrittspartiet had several defectors from other parties, especially
Høyre and Arbeiderpartiet (Labour Party). Among these were Tore Haaland,
former vice-representative at the parliament for Arbeiderpartiet in
Rogaland. He was elected to the position of organising vice-chairman of
the Party in 1981.
8. FREMSKRITTSPARTIETS UNGDOM (FpU) (THE PROGRESS PARTY'S YOUTH BRANCH)
A great deal of credit for the good
election results must go to the Party’s youth branch. It was founded at
the general assembly of Fremskrittspartiet in 1978. Peter N. Myhre was
From its beginnings with about 30 members, FpU has grown into a strong
organisation of over 7000 (1992). One of the reasons it took so long to
found the youth organisation was Anders Lange’s resistance to the idea.
Anders Lange’s attitude was that “freedom’s friends should stand
together”, whether they are 17 or 70 years old.
Even after the foundation of FpU, the youth organisation remains
represented within the Fremskrittspartiet organisation. There is also a
great deal of evidence for the claim that few other parties have as many
young people in central positions.
FpU celebrated their fifth anniversary at the general assembly in 1983.
The next year, in 1984, Peter N. Myhre resigned as FpU chairman because
he was elected municipal councillor in Oslo. Pål Atle Skjervengen took
over as Chairman.
Tor Mikkel Wara became FpU chairman in 1987. He was succeeded by Jan
Erik Fåne in 1990. Fåne led the youth movement through two turbulent
years when FpU cleaned up their liberalism much to the frustration of a
large number of party representatives in Fremskrittspartiet. Fåne was
succeeded by Lars Erik Grønntun at the general assembly of 1992. At
FpU’s general assembly the organisation passed a resolution to disband,
but Fremskrittspartiet intervened and kept it going. Ulf Leirstein from
Østfold was elected chairman at an extraordinary general assembly in
1995. Leirstein was suspended from his post when the state investigated
the membership numbers of the youth branch and demanded the repayment of
excess subsidies paid. This was done so that the organisation could not
in any way be accused of opposing the state’s work. Anders Anunsen was
appointed as acting chairman. At the general assembly in 1996, Reidar
Hellisen took over as chairman. In 1998, Anders Anundsen took over again
and was succeeded by Bård Hoksrud in 1999.
Hans Andreas Limi from Telemark was FpU’s General Secretary from 1984 to
1986. Then Per Arne Olsen from Vestfold took over and remained in the
position until 1989. Next, the stage was set for the first female leader
in the Party’s history. Ellen Margrethe Wibe from Nord-Trøndelag took
over as administrative leader of FpU and remained in this job up to the
summer of 1992, when Jøran Ledal from Sør-Trøndelag took over. Ledal was
succeeded by Frode Gjesdal in 1994/95, Robert Eriksson in 1996 (organisation
secretary) and Erik Kvistbråten (organisation secretary) for shorter
periods in 1997. Since then Tony Caffrey, Tor Espen Simonsen and
Kai-Morten Terning have been FpU administrative leaders.
9. THE DISAPPOINTMENT IN 1985
The Party arrived in parliament as a
protest movement, and collapsed after the death of the chairman. After
ALP/FrP was rebuilt up from nothing as a political party, steady
progress was made for ten continuous years.
Two years after the election success of 1981, the Party was able to
follow up in style. An election result of 6.3% was the best ever for
Fremskrittspartiet. Hundreds of libertarians all over the country
entered the county councils and municipal councils, and the Party became
something of a force to contend with in several counties.
But unfortunately the1985 elections were a bad blow, and only two
members of parliament were returned, Carl I. Hagen and Bjørn Erling
Ytterhorn. Ytterhorn died just before the election in 1987, and his
deputy Hans Johan Røsjorde took over his seat for Hordaland at the
10. HERE TO STAY
However, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, they say, and this
proved to be the case for Fremskrittspartiet.
The municipal election in 1987 was a great success for the Party and for
the first time the results were in double figures. With a full 12.3% of
the vote Fremskrittspartiet now had many municipal and county
representatives, much to the irritation of the Party’s opponents.
Hans Andreas Limi, the former General Secretary of FpU, took over as
party General Secretary. At that time, a thorough re-organisation
ensured that Fremskrittspartiet had a different and steadier foundation
than ever before. This produced good results, and a golden age followed,
with opinion polls up to 24% in the summer of 1989.
There was speculation about how the election in 1987 would turn out,
with such “dizzying” figures in the opinion polls. Things calmed down a
little towards the close of the election campaign, but still we returned
incredible 22 members to the Parliament (see the attached overview)!
Just as market conditions change, voting waves and trends change with
the times. After a period in the eighties when there was considerable
focus on and interest in economic and materialistic benefits, people
honed in on spiritual and environmental values in the 1991 election.
As a party that placed the economy at the centre of all political
activity, the Fremskrittspartiet ended up rather more on the sidelines
than they would have wished. This was probably one of the main reasons
for their election defeat in 1991.
The situation was also influenced by the fact that Sosialistisk
Venstreparti (Socialist Left Party) took over the role of “protest”
party. A low profile on emigration politics and focusing on the EU issue
also contributed to Fremskrittspartiet’s loss of six per cent of their
voters in just two years. The Party gained 7% support, which was the
second best municipal election in its history.
12. TWO DIFFICULT YEARS
Fremskrittspartiet stabilised at the same support level as in the 1991
election. The Party’s position in “the shadows” at the Parliament made
the Party’s politics uninteresting in the eyes of the media. Carl I.
Hagen was re-elected chairman for two new years at the general assembly
in Tønsberg from April 3 to 5.
The year 1993 started out with Fremskrittspartiet rating badly in the
opinion polls. Even though the Party was doing a little bit better by
the spring, the opinion polls were still depressing at the general
assembly in Oslo, from April 23 to 25. The Party also celebrated their
first 20 years in Norwegian politics with an anniversary dinner at the
general assembly. Despite the opinion polls, the atmosphere was good
within the Party. Two new vice chairmen were elected at the general
assembly after the sitting vice chairs, Tor Mikkel Wara and Jan
Simonsen, declined re-election.
Ellen Margrete Wibe from Nord-Trøndelag was elected as the new first
vice-chairman. Wibe had been the General Secretary in FpU for many years.
The Party elected the veteran Hans Johan Røsjorde, a Member of
Parliament for Hordaland, as second vice-chairman.
The opinion polls after the general assembly varied, but nothing
indicated that the Party would even get close to the good result of 1989
and indeed this was not to be the case.
The election result was 6.3%, and even though it was the second best
general election ever, the Party was back to the same level of support
as in 1983. The result also reduced the Parliamentary Group by half,
from 22 to 10 members.
In any case, the result knocked back the many prophecies that wrote the
Party off in Norwegian politics. A Parliamentary Group consisting of 10
people could still strongly represent the opposition party FrP from
13. PARTY SPLIT
After the election of autumn 1993, it became more obvious that a wing of
party representatives wanted a much purer libertarian ideology than the
majority of the Party. This conflict became public knowledge with the
result that there was a public debate about the Party’s internal affairs.
The two wings each formed their own resolution that was the subject of
heated debate at the various county annual meetings in the winter of
1994. This conflict came to a head at the general assembly at Bolkesjø
when the first vice-chairman Ellen Wibe resigned from her post. The
remainder of the assembly consisted of coming to terms with the forces
in the Fremskrittspartiet who wouldn’t accept the majority’s right to
determine the future course of the Party. Lodve Solholm was elected
first vice-chairman after Ellen Wibe. Then Member of Parliament Oscar D.
Hillgaar resigned from Fremskrittspartiet on April 22, followed by
Stephen Bråthen, Ellen Chr. Christiansen and Roy Wetterstad on May 3.
These representatives got together later with some local elected
representatives to establish the Free Democrats.
FpU was an active participant in the internal conflict. After the
Bolkesjø general assembly, FpU passed a resolution at its general
assembly in July to disband. This was overruled by Fremskrittspartiet,
and Ulf Leirstein was elected chairman at an extraordinary general
A party split can be unfortunate for a party (temporarily). From May
1994 Fremskrittspartiet was on the brink of 4%.
General Secretary Hans-Andreas Limi resigned from his job in the Party
on June 22. On the same day, the central administrative board appointed
Geir Mo as the new General Secretary. Mo came from a job as the county
secretary and group leader in Telemark Fremskrittsparti, and took up his
post on September 1, 1994.
In the autumn of 1994, the Party embarked on a new re-organisation at a
trustee’s conference at the Sundvollen Hotell in October. Through a
sharp focus on the organisation and the representation mechanism, the
Party was set to re-emerge once more.
14. EU VOTE NOVEMBER 28, 1994
Throughout the years, Fremskrittspartiet has held various attitudes to
the question of Norwegian EU membership. After a thorough debate within
the Party and a resolution at an extraordinary general assembly in June,
the Party recommended a ’yes’ vote to the pre-negotiated membership
agreement. Apart from this, the Party did not participate in the
referendum campaign any more than was strictly necessary. The Party
mechanism was not mobilised, in that the Party’s main policy was to
fully abide by the referendum result.
Whether it was strategically correct to come down on the side of
membership is open to interpretation. In the December 1994 opinion
polls, the Party was down to 3.8%.
15. ELECTION YEAR 1995
Early in spring 1995, the Party’s support began to increase sharply.
This was due to the fact that after a few turbulent years, the Party now
emerged as a united and intact party. At the general assembly in
Haugesund, in April 1995, Lodve Solholm was elected first vice-chairman
and Vidar Kleppe second vice-chairman.
Matters close to the Party’s heart were the main theme of the election
campaign. This meant that the Party was in sharp focus throughout the
entire election campaign and opinion polls showed very positive
FrP dominated the media during the last week of the election campaign.
This was due to Member of Parliament Øystein Hedstrøm’s lecture at a
meeting on immigration policy at Godlia Kino in Oslo. The media
attention this aroused came like a bolt from the blue to the
organisation, but the party organisation proved strong enough to deal
with the situation.
The election support was at a full 12%. Fremskrittspartiet was on the
ascendant and was now the country’s third largest party again and bigger
than Høyre in quite a few municipalities. The Party got 140 county
councillors elected (representation in all county councils) and 697
representatives in the municipalities (represented in 179 municipalities).
16. ELECTION YEAR 1997
After the 1995 election, the Party stabilised at around 12% in all the
opinion polls. The work on extending and further developing the Party
and its policies continued. The big goal was the 1997 general election.
It was a positive time for the Party and became even more so over the
winter and spring of 1997. At the general assembly in Kristiansand in
April, Lodve Solholm and Vidar Kleppe were re-elected as first and
Throughout a period of sharp focus on FrP’s core issues, the Party
experienced a fantastic degree of support in the opinion polls of the
summer of 1997. At its height, the Party scored over 25% in one poll.
As a result of the positive poll results, there was a huge amount of
focus on FrP’s programme and political solutions, particularly from
Arbeiderpartiet. As early as the spring, Arbeiderpartiet pinpointed FrP
as its main opponent in the election. Fremskrittspartiet had problems
defending itself from all the attacks, particularly when it came to
explaining which were short-term, long-term and principal goals. Attacks
on FrP reached a climax on the first day of the election, Sunday
September 14 with a notice on a TV channel comparing Fremskrittspartiet
with the racist party “Front Nationale” in France.
Election day on September 15 was however a great success for the Party.
With 15.3 per cent support Fremskrittspartiet was bigger than Høyre for
the first time and therefore the country’s second biggest party. The
Party got 395,000 votes, over 20,000 more than the third largest party.
This resulted in 25 members of parliament from 17 out of 19 counties
(all apart from Sogn & Fjordane and Finnmark).
One consequence of the good election results was that state funding to
the Party increased, and it became possible to strengthen the central
party organisation. The Party’s premises in Youngstorget were
refurbished and the Party’s secretariat was reorganised and upgraded.
Four sections; politics, organisation, training and information were
established to make prioritised tasks more visible. Extra staff was
employed as well.
In the spring of 1998, Fremskrittspartiet had been in existence for 25
years, and this was duly celebrated at the general assembly in
Lillehammer. Considering the turbulent history of the Party it was no
small feat that this anniversary could be celebrated at the same time as
the best electoral result ever.
17. ELECTION YEAR 1999
A century came to an end and Fremskrittspartiet was preparing for
another municipal and county council election. The general assembly in
Hell in Nord-Trøndelag resulted in two new deputy leaders. Siv Jensen
from Oslo was elected first vice chairperson, while Terje Søviknes from
Os municipality in county Hordaland became the new second vice-chairman.
Both were under 30, and the emphasis on young members suggested a
reinforcement initiative of the Party for the next century.
The opinion polls in the spring of 1999 were good and there were high
expectations for the election. Yet again, the Labour Party
(Arbeiderpartiet) announced that Fremskrittspartiet was their main
opponent and there was an intensive drive against Fremskrittspartiet in
late summer in the run-up to the election. A couple of unfortunate
events meant that Fremskrittspartiet’s human values became an issue in
the election campaign. Criticism of the Party’s human and moral values
became a tediously repetitive mantra. In hindsight it seems that
Fremskrittspartiet lost the debate on human values, although the party
doesn’t really have any reason to be ashamed of its moral and human
values. The election results didn’t live up to expectations, but it was
still the best result Fremskrittspartiet had ever had in a municipal and
county election, that is 13.5%. Fremskrittspartiet received 260,805
votes. The Party got 36.8% in Os municipality, in Hordaland, which made
Fremskrittspartiet the biggest party in the municipality. The Party’s
second vice-chairman, Terje Søviknes, became mayor.
Commentators pointed out what we had been noting for some time, that
Fremskrittspartiet had moved on from being a predominantly urban party
to becoming a party with strong roots in rural areas. Elections lists
were presented in 258 municipalities.
18. ELECTION 2001 AND RENEWED CONFLICT WITHIN THE PARTY
The general assembly in Geiranger in early May 2000 was considered the
most successful in party history. Carl I. Hagen was re-elected chairman
of the Party.
In politics, and this does not apply to Fremskrittspartiet only, there
are two kinds of politicians. There are those who work for the Party and
those who work for their own ends. Those who work for the Party will
further the cause of the Party in any given situation whereas the others
will try to further their own cause. Tactical games are sometimes played
to undermine the other “group” as certain players in it are considered a
hindrance to the fulfilment of the ambitions of those furthering their
own cause. When these situations arise there will be conflict and that
was exactly what happened in Fremskrittspartiet from late autumn 2000,
through the winter and into the spring of 2001.
Before the conflict blew up the Party had been enjoying a period of
fantastic opinion polls. It started with a poll carried out and
published by Sentio in Nationen on August 28, which indicated a big
swing towards Fremskrittspartiet. This was later confirmed in many
polls, where FrP in some parts of the country had over 40% support. The
best individual poll was in Os in Hordaland, where FrP had 52.5% of
potential votes. Arbeiderpartiet, on the other hand, was in decline and
polls showed support as low as 10%. The so-called “popular rising” was
probably a result of protest against Arbeiderpartiet more than a promise
of loyalty to Fremskrittspartiet.
This situation remained the same for some months in the autumn of 2000
and winter of 2001, before it turned again.
Amongst the Party leadership there was a nagging feeling that something
was wrong, and that there was reason to doubt individual members’
loyalty to the Party.
Against a backdrop of unrest in Oslo FrP and Hordaland FrP, a resolution
was put forward at the general assembly in October 2000 by eight county
branches. The resolution proposed that the Party’s three chairpersons
were to be nominated for the general election in the first available
seat for their respective county branches. The central party office
supported this move. This was a resolution backed by the Party
Oslo Member of Parliament Dag Danielsen disagreed with this central
decision and felt that that he should be nominated as county chairman
before first vice-chairperson Siv Jensen. This along with continuing
negativity in Oslo Fremskrittsparti, and the county management board’s
failure to follow up the decision by the National management board led
to the suspension of Dag Danielsen. The rest of the Oslo committee and
some Oslo Party representatives were also suspended from their positions
in the Party. Danielsen and the rest of the committee in Oslo did not
accept the decision. They hired Dag Danielsen’s brother, the lawyer Per
Danielsen, to institute legal proceedings against the Party in the form
of an interim court order in Oslo court of execution and enforcement.
Danielsen and his lawyers Per Danielsen, Cato Schiøts, Ingjald Ørbech
Sørheim and Bjørn Stordrange lost the case in Oslo Court of Execution
and Enforcement. They case went to the Court of Appeals, but lost again.
An appeal to the Supreme Court was rejected. One of the core issues was
whether one was entitled to membership of a political party. Three
judicial authorities ruled that one was not.
The Danielsen case was succeeded by a bitter nomination conflict, also
in other counties, where sitting members of parliament were not
nominated for “secure” seats, and left the Party. The most conspicuous
of these was Fridtjof Frank Gundersen, who represented Akershus, but
lost the nomination battle in his own county. The same happened to Terje
Knudsen from Hordaland and Jørn L. Stang from Østfold. Both left the
Party and cancelled their memberships.
In the parliamentary group there had been growing irritation over the
many solo initiatives of Vidar Kleppe. His support of Danielsen did not
help the situation. The outcome was that Kleppe was refused admission to
meetings of the parliamentary group. The central administration followed
up and Vidar Kleppe was suspended from the Party after the case was
thoroughly investigated. His reaction was to cancel his membership and
run for election on his own. This was after a period of great turmoil
within the Vest-Agder branch of FrP, which was ordered by the central
management to hold a new nomination meeting.
At this time, there was also a major conflict surrounding members of
parliament Jan Simonsen from Rogaland and Øystein Hedstrøm from Østfold.
Huge efforts were made locally to try and prevent them from being
renominated. Both emerged triumphant from the conflict and were
renominated to parliament.
In Hordaland, many in the circle surrounding member of parliament Terje
Knudsen and county chairman Sigrun Sangolt Natås reacted to the fact
that Terje Søviknes, as the Party’s second vice-chairman was
automatically placed first on the list of candidates for the general
election. A process to damage Søviknes was set in motion. For several
months rumours circulated about him in the media. Information was
deliberately planted in the media to attempt to create a scandal. This
did not succeed until a member of the central management board of FpU,
Cathrin Rustøen, speaking at the general assembly of Hordaland FrP,
claimed that she had been raped by ”central FrP representative” during
the FpU general assembly a year earlier. There was speculation that
Terje Søviknes was the alleged assailant. This was proven untrue when
after a few days it emerged that the person she was accusing of the
attack was a member of Oslo FpU and was not a ”central FrP
representative”. The accusations affected other FrP representatives who
were present at the assembly where the alleged rape took place.
Therefore, Rustøen had to publicly withdraw the rape accusation against
anyone in FrP. It also emerged that Rustøen had not written her own
speech, but was helped by both the sitting county chairman Sigrun
Sangolt Natås and another FrP member, Lars Chr. Helming. Helming was
someone who held committee positions in a large number of other
organisations where he was also involved in internal disagreements and
conflicts. They had also sought advice from journalists from NTB and one
large national newspaper. The self-appointed ”private investigator”
Helming also claimed that there was a total of 9 sexual assault cases
connected to FrP, in addition to the Rustøen case. Throughout, there was
a huge amount of interest in Søviknes and the rumours flying about him
for several months culminated in the fact that he had to admit publicly
to adultery with a female member of FpU during the same general assembly.
This was the scandal that some people had been trying to leak for
several months. There was an attempt to portray the case as rape,
without clarification of whether the FpU member herself claimed that
Søviknes had been guilty of rape. The police initiated an investigation
on their own initiative without finding any basis for the rape
The director of public prosecutions later dismissed the case finding no
“criminal offence”, which acquitted Søviknes on all counts of the
judicial side of the case. The director of public prosecutions thus
established that no form of assault had taken place. The Rustøen case
was also dismissed by the director of public prosecutions. The remaining
seven cases the so-called “private investigator” had unearthed were not
even investigated, but were dismissed as groundless.
Meanwhile, those who engineered the trouble had succeeded in bringing
scandal to the Fremskrittspartiet. For several weeks the media was full
of Fremskrittspartiet sex scandals. Søviknes was eventually encouraged
to consider his position, and on February 12 he resigned from all of his
committee positions in the Party, including 1st place on Hordaland FrP’s
list of candidates for the general election.
The trouble in the Party led to a sharp decline in the opinion polls and
from record highs of over 30% in September 2000 the Party began to slide
down towards10% later in the spring.
The general assembly was held in Oslo and the unofficial slogan for the
general assembly was ”touching base”. It was quite a gathering, and the
objective of creating enthusiasm and gathering strength before a crucial
general election was fulfilled. Siv Jensen was re-elected as the Party’s
first vice-chairwoman, while John Alvheim was elected as the second
The biggest gains from Fremskrittspartiet’s setback went to Høyre, and
throughout the summer the pattern from the previous year repeated itself.
Høyre made great advances while Arbeiderpartiet lost ground
correspondingly. The governing Arbeiderpartiet had pulled off the
extraordinary feat of increasing taxes by approximately 14 billion
kroner in an election year, which affected many people badly,
particularly the less well-off. Arbeiderpartiet’s first election slogan
was ”Stay in government”, which really meant that it wasn’t
Arbeiderpartiet who wanted to give something to the voters, but that
Arbeiderpartiet wanted something from the voters. This was later changed
to ”If welfare is the main thing”, which sounded rather hollow to those
already affected by the tax increases. Fremskrittspartiet’s answer was
”Welfare is the main thing”.
Many viewed the election result as a disappointment against the
background of the expectations created by the opinion polls the previous
year. But it was, in fact, the Party’s second best general election
ever. Countrywide Fremskrittspartiet got 14.6%, and as many as 26
members were elected to the new parliament (Storting), which was FrP’s
best result ever. More important was Arbeiderpartiet’s historic
electoral defeat, which paved the way for a conservative government. For
the first time Fremskrittspartiet, Kristelig Folkeparti (Christian
People’s Party) and Høyre had the majority in the Storting. However,
there was no majority government, as Kristelig Folkeparti would not
share power with Fremskrittspartiet.
Instead, Høyre and KrF invited the Venstre Party to discussions about
forming a government. After a thorough treatment at party and group
level Fremskrittspartiet supported the non-socialist government
coalition of Høyre, KrF and Venstre, under the leadership of Prime
Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik.
Because Venstre got just 3.9% of the votes and therefore did not get any
equalisation members, Fremskrittspartiet got one extra member despite a
slightly worse result than in 1997 and ended up with 26 elected members
of parliament. But this was not to last. Member of Parliament Jan
Simonsen from Rogaland was the subject of two TV programmes focussing on
his social circles and roles in various events. This followed many years
of adverse circumstances surrounding Jan Simonsen. His local branch had
had enough and proposed that he be expelled from the Party. Party
central administration followed up the proposal from Rogaland. The
number of members in the parliament group was then the same as it had
been after the previous general election, i.e. 25.
The outcome was that the Party retained the chair of the committee for
health and social affairs by John Ingolf Alvheim. Siv Jensen was elected
to the prestigious position of leader of the finance committee. Lodve
Solholm was elected president of the Lagting. There were speculations
about whether Carl I. Hagen would be elected president of the Storting,
which he wanted to be. This was blocked by Høyre and the conservative
parties by supporting Arbeiderpartiet’s candidate Jørgen H. Kosmo.
Since FrP supported the formation of the new government it was
appropriate that the government approached FrP to get a majority for
their budget proposal for 2002. Through negotiations held at both the
finance committee and at parliamentary leadership level it became clear
that FrP could not support the budget, as the government did not respond
adequately to what FrP wanted regarding political issues. It culminated
in the prime minister demanding a vote of confidence, and threatening to
resign if the government did not get support for their budget.
Fremskrittspartiet backed down and supported the budget in order to
avoid a government crisis.
19. CONSOLIDATION AND MUNICIPALITY ELECTIONS
Just as the events in 1994 surrounding the general assembly in Bolkesjø
created some traumas in the Party, what happened in the autumn of 2000
and the winter and spring of 2001 had the same effect. In a year between
elections like 2002 it was important to reinforce the Party, assess
strategies, strengthen the Party organisation and train members,
representatives and, not least aspiring municipality politicians.
A government without a parliamentary majority behind it will always have
a problem when it comes to adopting the budget, i.e. getting a majority
vote for its proposal. That kind of support is rarely granted freely,
because the partner, or partners, will normally demand a reciprocal
favour in the form of more money for their own leading issues.
In 2002 Fremskrittspartiet chose to lend its support to the government’s
budget proposal for 2003, after a series of concessions. Particularly
important was an increased rate for basic tax allowance, which would
benefit those on low income, and increased state pension for married and
cohabiting pensioners. Industry was not forgotten, with increased rates
of depreciation of machinery.
There was no further fruitful collaboration between Fremskrittspartiet
and the government as regards the budget in 2003. Both the revised
budget for that year and the budget for 2004 were adopted with support
from the Arbeiderpartiet.
The general assembly in 2002 took place in Gardermoen in Akershus and
was relatively uneventful. Carl I. Hagen was e-elected as Party chairman.
In 2003 the general assembly was in Tønsberg in Vestfold. Siv Jensen and
John Alvheim were re-elected to their respective positions as first and
second vice-chairperson. There was not a great deal of upheaval at this
general assembly either. But the impending municipality and county
elections were naturally a central topic while the Party was celebrating
its 30th anniversary.
The municipality and county election in September 2003 was a resounding
success for Fremskrittspartiet. The Party got 17.9% support from those
who voted, compared to 13.5% at the election in 1999. This entails an
increase of 4.4 percentage points from the previous local election and
means that the 2003 election was the Party’s best.
In 1999, Fremskrittspartiet got one mayor, Terje Søviknes in Os
municipality. In 2001, the number increased to 13. The 12 new mayors
were elected as follows:
Ullensaker municipality, mayor Harald Espelund
Tønsberg municipality, mayor Per Arne Olsen
Nøtterøy municipality, mayor Bjørn Kåre Sevik
Tjøme municipality, mayor Per Hotvedt Nielsen
Austevoll municipality, mayor Helge Andrè Njåstad
Møre & Romsdal county:
Fræna municipality, mayor Arve Hans Otterlei
Skodje municipality, mayor Terje Vadset.
Stranda municipality, mayor Frank Sve
Sula municipality, mayor Ronny Harald Blomvik
Vestnes municipality, mayor Knut Flølo (directly elected)
Ørsta municipality, mayor Hans Olav R. Myklebust, (directly elected)
Nordreisa municipality, mayor John Karlsen
Fremskrittspartiet also got 40 vice-mayors elected, including one in the
country’s capital where Svenn Erik Kristiansen was elected vice mayor of
It is also worth noting that Fremskrittspartiet became the largest Party
in 38 municipalities. In Os municipality nearly half of voters voted for
Fremskrittspartiet, 45.7% to be exact. This result has to be interpreted
as the voters’ acceptance of Terje Søviknes again after what happened
between 1999 and 2001.
Of the counties, Vestfold, Rogaland and Hordaland had the highest
percentage of FrP voters, with 25.3%, 23.2% and 21.5% respectively.
Fremskrittspartiet also received over 20% support in Telemark, Østfold
and Møre & Romsdal.
In Oslo, Fremskrittspartiet occupied sought-after positions in the city
council. Margaret Eckbo became city councillor for welfare and social
services, while Peter N. Myhre became city councillor for environment
and transport. He was also appointed vice-chairman of the city council.
In February 2004, Fremskrittspartiet got another councillor in Oslo when
Anette Wiig Bryn was appointed city councillor for business and culture.
In Oslo, Fremskrittspartiet proved it was capable of taking part in
constructive and practical co-operation through its city council
participation, despite the fact that such participation requires huge
political concessions from the Party. This is necessary in Oslo since
the city council is in the minority within the city administration and
governs through a declaration passed by a previous minority city council
consisting of Høyre, KrF and Venstre.
20. TOWARDS A NEW PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION
The 2004 general assembly was held in Stavanger, Rogaland. The Party’s
chairman Carl I. Hagen had the Party’s confidence once again. Not just
that, but for the first time, he got 100% of the votes, which means
One cloud on the horizon was that he announced that this would be his
last term as party chairman. He and his wife, Eli Engum Hagen, who held
a central position in the Party’s secretariat in the Storting for a long
time, announced their plan to gradually withdraw from public life. This
meant that he would step down from his post as leader of the
Fremskrittspartiet’s parliamentary group in the autumn of 2005 and as
party chairman in the spring of 2006. He also gave notice that he
probably would not seek re-election to the parliament in 2009.
As previously mentioned, Arbeiderpartiet supported the government’s
budget proposal for 2004. So it wasn’t surprising that the government
turned to Arbeiderpartiet to support its revised budget proposal for
The national budget 2005 was in the meantime adopted with the
Fremskrittspartiet’s extra support following tough negotiations. In
these negotiations, Fremskrittspartiet made a breakthrough for essential
tax and charges relief, as well as more money for the health sector, the
municipalities and the justice sector, including the police. A
concession was also made for increased investment in the national roads
network. These concessions from the government parties meant that after
a thorough evaluation the Party was in a position to support the budget
after our first proposal was defeated. The Party was not satisfied, but
the alternative to the government’s changed budget would have been far
So the revised budget for 2005 was adopted with the support of the
In December 2004, Fremskrittspartiet’s parliamentary group was greatly
reduced when Member of Parliament Ursula Evje resigned from the Party.
The reason for the resignation was unclear.
This meant that the election campaign in 2005 started with 24 members of
parliament. Otherwise, the party machinery was well oiled both centrally
and locally around the country. The Party was represented in more
municipalities than ever before, which in itself could contribute to a
good election result.
Opinion polls in 2004 and spring and summer 2005 were relatively stable
for the Party. The support was between 16% and 20%, although there were
some exceptions in both directions. That meant that according to the
polls Fremskrittspartiet was the biggest party on the non-socialist
side. Høyre, who did well in the 2001 election and achieved a clearly
better result than than Fremskrittspartiet, did badly in the polls
throughout 2005 with results as low as13% and were in a worse position
than Sosialistisk Venstreparti (SV).
Although Fremskrittspartiet’s politics are firmly anchored on the
non-socialist side and in the parliamentary period from 2001 to 2005 it
formed a significant part of the conservative majority in the parliament,
the coalition parties Høyre, KrF and Venstre were competing to distance
themselves from Fremskrittspartiet.
It didn’t particularly help the co-operative environment that the
opinion polls in the period before the election campaign clearly
indicated that Fremskrittspartiet was the largest non-socialist party.
Instead of this inspiring closer co-operation it seemed to increase the
distance between the parties.
This was why the non-socialist parties were practically doomed to lose
the election in 2005. While the Arbeiderpartiet, Sosialistisk
Venstreparti and Senterpartiet, despite major differences between them,
managed to form a complete alternative which committed themselves to
establishing a majority government if they got the voter’s support, the
answer on the non-socialist side was a minority government without a
clear relationship to Fremskrittspartiet. When the three governmental
parties all outdid each other in proclaiming how unreliable
Fremskrittspartiet allegedly was, it became more and more obvious that
the government was in the process of losing power.
In order to lessen the impression of chaos on the conservative side,
Fremskrittspartiet did two things. Firstly, the Party put out feelers to
see if there was a willingness to commit to co-operation after the
election, with the remaining parties on the non-socialistic side. There
was not. Secondly, the Party made it known that they would not support a
government led by Kjell Magne Bondevik after the election. The reason
was that Fremskrittspartiet considered Prime Minister Bondevik to be the
biggest hindrance to a commitment to co-operation between non-socialist
parties when the election results were out. This was received
ungraciously by the coalition parties without them asking themselves for
the reason behind Fremskrittpartiet’s reaction.
These measures on behalf of the Party helped clarify the situation on
the non-socialist side while also clarifying the situation for the
The Fremskrittspartiet general assembly in 2005 was held in Ålesund from
May 20-22. One of Fremskrittspartiet’s imposing figures, and the
country’s foremost health politician John Ingolf Alvheim announced that
he would not seek re-election to the parliament in 2005, and this meant
that he also did not wish to continue in the Party leadership. The
general assembly marked his departure with a large banquet and thanked
him for many years of hard work for the Party. His 75th birthday was
also celebrated at the general assembly. Siv Jensen was re-elected at
the general assembly as the Party’s first vice-chairman and Per Arne
Olsen was elected as a new second vice-chairman. The latter is the mayor
of Tønsberg, and has had a long career in the Party as FpU’s General
Secretary, party administrative manager and leader of the secretariat in
the parliamentary group.
When Per Arne Olsen resigned as leader of the secretariat in the
parliament after the municipality election in 2003, Hans Frode Asmyhr
took over this position. When Hans Frode Asmyhr was nominated to a
secure place in the parliament in respect of the 2005 election at the
nomination meeting in Akershus, a resolution was passed that the job of
leader of the Party’s secretariat in the parliament should be combined
with the job of General Secretary. Thus Geir Mo was made leader both of
the parliamentary secretariat and the Party’s main organisation.
21. GENERAL ELECTION 2005
The general election of 2005 was a great success for the Party. The
Party got almost 600,000 votes, which amounted to 22.1% of votes cast.
This meant that the Party was definitely the biggest on the
non-socialist side with all of 38 members of parliament in Stortinget.
The Party was represented in all counties for the first time.
As the second biggest party in the parliament there were a number of
prominent posts which the Party filled;
Stortinget’s Vice President Carl I. Hagen
Chairman of the Committee on Transport and Communications Per Sandberg
Chairman of the Committee on Scrutiny and Constitutional Affairs Lodve
Chairman of the Committee on Health and Care Services Harald Tom Nesvik.
First Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Finance Ulf Leirstein
First Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Labour and Social Affairs
First Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Justice Jan Arild Ellingsen
The parliamentary group chose Siv Jensen as the new parliamentary leader
after Carl I. Hagen. Per Sandberg was elected to parliamentary first
deputy leader and Øyvind Korsberg as parliamentary second deputy leader.
Work in Stortinget in the autumn of 2005 was characterised by the change
in government and the fact that the country was now governed by a
majority government. This meant that the Party’s influence was severely
weakened, but its role as the largest opposition party meant that the
Party managed to make their view points known in a positive manner.
Support for the Party increased throughout the autumn.
22. DEATH OF JOHN INGOLF ALVHEIM
Throughout the spring and summer of 2005, it became clear that the
Party’s grand old man, John Ingolf Alvheim was not in good health. He
formally resigned from the Stortinget on September 30 and launched his
memoirs the same day. A few days later he was admitted to
Radiumhospitalet and underwent several operations there. After a long
illness he was transferred to Notodden Sykehus where he died on Monday,
December 5. A grieving Party bade farewell to John in Notodden Church on
December 13 before he was brought to his last resting place at home in
23. ELECTION FIGURES
A quick backward glance at FrP's support shows the following election
24. PARTY HISTORY IN BRIEF
Anders Lange’s party for greatly reduced taxes, charges and state
founded during the so-called Saga meeting of April 8. The Party gets 4
representatives in the general election that same autumn
- Anders Lange, Oslo
- Erik Gjems Onstad, Akershus
- Erling Erland, Rogaland
- Harald Slettebø, Hordaland
ALP's first general assembly was held in Hjelmeland municipality,
The first party resolutions.
Anders Lange dies October 18 and Carl I. Hagen takes over as member of
parliament, October 22.
Eivind Eckbo takes over as party chairman.
ALP is split and Carl I. Hagen is among those who transfer
to "Reformpartiet" – the reform party.
General assembly in Trondheim.
County election this year is the worst election result in ALP/FRP’s
Arve Lønnum takes over as chairman of the Party.
"Merger" of ALP and Reformpartiet.
Party offices are established in Kongensgt. 6 in Oslo.
Erik Gjems Onstad is excluded from ALP and leaves ALP's
Extraordinary general assembly on the 30th January where the Party
changes name to “Fremskrittspartiet”. Action plan for the period 1977-
81 was agreed upon.
The Party gets 1.9% of the votes in the general election and no members
General assembly in Oslo, February 10-11. Carl I. Hagen is elected
chairman. Fremskrittspartiets Ungdom (FPU) – the youth branch – is
founded with Peter
N. Myhre from Oslo as chairman.
Municipality and county council election. FrP gets 2.5% support.
General election. FrP gets 4.5% and four members of parliament:
- Carl I. Hagen. Oslo
- Fritjolf Fr. Gundersen. Akershus
- Jens Marcussen. Rogaland
- Bjørn Erling Ytterhorn. Hordaland
Municipality and county election. FrP gets 6.3% support. The first
local FrP radio
stations are set up.
General election. FrP gets 3.7% and just about keep two of the
four members of
parliament from 1981 (Ytterhorn from Hordaland and Hagen
Municipality and county council elections. FrP gets 12.3% support
and becomes the third biggest party in the country. Member of
parliament Bjørn Erling Ytterhorn dies a few days before the election
and Hans J. Røsjorde takes over as the Hordaland representative.
General assembly is held in Skien in Telemark.
The general assembly is held at the SAS hotel in Bergen and a large
part of it is broadcast live on NRK. This resulted in a marked increase
in support according to the polls.
General election. FrP gets 13% support and 22 members of
Parliament; 20 regular and two equalisation members.
- Østfold: Øystein Hedstrøm
- Akershus Fr. Gundersen, Finn Thoresen and Jan Erik Fåne (eq.)
- Oslo: Carl I. Hagen, Pål Atle Skjervengen and Tor Mikkel Wara
- Oppland: Peder I. Ramsrud
- Buskerud: Steinar Maribo
- Vestfold: Oscar D. Hillgaar
- Telemark: John I. Alvheim
- Aust-Agder: Jens Marcussen
- Vest-Agder: Vidar Kleppe
- Rogaland: Jan Simonsen and Petter Bjørheim
- Hordaland: Hans J. Røsjorde, Knut Hanselmann and Inger-Marie Ytterhorn
- Møre & Romsdal: Lodve Solholm
- Sør-Trøndelag: Per Risvik
- Nordland: Harry Jensen
- Troms: Terje Nyberget
General assembly is held at the Hotel Caledonien in Kristiansand.
General assembly is held at Rica Hotel in Haugesund.
Municipality and county council election. FrP gets 7% support.
Karl Sørmo becomes Member of Parliament for Nordland from January when
Harry Jensen passed way in December 1990.
General assembly is held at Alexandra Hotel in Loen, Sogn & Fjordane.
Dispute over the second in command post between Jan Simonsen and John
General assembly is held at Hotel Klubben in Tønsberg.
General assembly in Oslo, April 23-25. Ellen M. Wibe and Hans J.
Røsjorde are elected as first and second vice-chairperson, respectively.
General election. FrP gets 6.3% support and the parliamentary group is
more than halved. Fremskrittspartiet gets 10 members of parliament in
the new Parliament. Six regular and four equalisation members.
- Østfold: Øystein Hedstrøm (re-el.)
- Akershus: Fr. Fr. Gundersen (re-el.) and Stephen Bråthen(new/eq.)
- Oslo: Carl I. Hagen (re-el.) and Ellen Christiansen (new/eq.)
- Buskerud: Roy N. Wetterstad (new/eq.)
- Vestfold: Oscar D. Hillgaar (re-el.)
- Telemark: John I. Alvheim (re-el./eq .)
- Rogaland: Jan Simonsen (re-el.)
- Hordaland: Hans J. Røsjorde (re-el.)
Party divided. First vice-chairwoman Ellen Wibe and four members
of parliament left the Fremskrittspartiet and cancelled their
memberships (Hillgaard, Bråthen, Christiansen and Wetterstad). Lodve
Solholm was elected first vice-chairman after Wibe. Carl I. Hagen was
re-elected as party chairman. The general asembly was held at Bolkesjø
Hotel in Telemark – later referred to as ”Dolkesjø” (from “dolk”, dagger).
Hans Andreas Limi quits as secretary general and Geir Mo takes over from
The general assembly in Haugesund elected Lodve Solholm and Vidar
Kleppe as first and second vice-chairman. Party gains 12% in
municipality and county elections.
General assembly in Øyer in Oppland, April 18-20, re-elects Carl
General assembly in Kristiansand, April 19-21, re-elects Lodve
and Vidar Kleppe as first and second vice-chairman, respectively. The
election result in history in the general election – 15.3% support and
became the second biggest party in the country with 25 members in the
new Parliament. The parliamentary group was made up of the following:
- Østfold: Øystein Hedstrøm (re-elected) and Jørn L. Stang
- Akershus: Fr. Fr. Gundersen (re-elected) and Ursula Evje.
- Oslo: Carl I. Hagen (re-elected), Dag Danielsen and Siv Jensen
- Hedmark: Per Roar Bredvold
- Oppland: Thore A. Nistad
- Buskerud: Ulf Erik Knudsen
- Vestfold: Per Ove Width and Per Erik Monsen
- Telemark: John I. Alvheim (re-elected)
- Aust-Agder: Thorbjørn Andersen
- Vest-Agder: Vidar Kleppe
- Rogaland: Jan Simonsen (re-elected) and Øyvind Vaksdal.
- Hordaland: Hans J. Røsjorde (re-elected) and Terje Knudsen
- Møre & Romsdal: Lodve Solholm and Harald Tom Nesvik
- Sør-Trøndelag: Christopher Stensaker
- Nord-Trøndelag: Per Sandberg
- Nordland: Kenneth Svendsen
- Troms: Øyvind Korsberg
1998: General assembly in Lillehammer, April 24 -26. Carl I. Hagen is
re-elected chairman. The Party celebrates 25th anniversary.
General assembly in Hell (Nord-Trøndelag) April 30 - May 2. Siv
Jensen is elected first vice-chairwoman, while Terje Søviknes is elected
second vice-chairman. In the municipality and county council election
the Party ran in 258 municipalities. The result, 13.5%, was the best in
the history of the Party in a municipality election.
General assembly in Geiranger, May 5 -7. Carl I. Hagen is elected
chairman of the Party for the 12th time. Party unrest in the autumn.
Members in central positions in Oslo suspended. Conflict over
The unrest in the Party continues during the winter and spring.
Members of parliament who were not re-nominated chose to leave the Party
and cancel their memberships. The general assembly is held in Oslo,
April 27-29. Siv Jensen is re-elected first vice-chairwoman, while John
Ingolf Alvheim is elected as new second vice-chairman.
The result of the general election is the second best in the history of
the Party, with 14.6% of the votes. The number of members of parliament
is the highest ever at 26. These are:
- Østfold: Øystein Hedstrøm, Henrik Røed (new)
- Akershus: Ursula Evje, Andrè Kvakkestad (new), Morten
Høglund (new. eq.r.)
- Oslo: Carl I. Hagen, Siv Jensen
- Hedmark: Per Roar Bredvold
- Oppland: Tore A. Nistad
- Buskerud: Ulf Erik Knudsen
- Vestfold: Per Ove Width, Per Erik Monsen
- Telemark: John I. Alvheim
- Aust-Agder: Thorbjørn Andersen
- Rogaland: Jan Simonsen (expelled in October 2001), Øyvind Vaksdal
- Hordaland: Arne Sortevik (new), Karin Woldsth (new). Gjermund
Hagesæter (new. eq.)
- Møre & Romsdal: Lodve Solholm, Harald Tom Nesvik
- Sør-Trøndelag: Christopher Stensaker
- Nord-Trøndelag: Per Sandberg
- Nordland: Kenneth Svendsen, Jan Ellingsen (new)
- Troms: Øyvind Korsberg
Fremskrittspartiet did not get any members elected in the counties
Vest-Agder, Sogn & Fjordane and Finnmark.
General assembly at the Clarion Hotel Gardermoen, April 26-28.
Carl I. Hagen re-elected as party chairman.
The general assembly was held at the Quality Hotel Tønsberg, May
2-4. Siv Jensen was re-elected first vice-chairwoman. John Alvheim was
re-elected second vice-chairman. The Party’s 30th anniversary was
The municipality and county council election was the best in the Party’s
history. Total support countrywide was 17.9%. The Party got 13 mayors,
one of them in Tønsberg. The Party also got 40 reserve mayors, some in
big constituencies like Oslo, Drammen and Sandnes. Fremskrittspartiet
was the biggest party in 38 municipalities. In Os municipality 45.7% of
voters voted for Fremskrittspartiet. In Oslo the Party got two city
councillors after the election and another in February 2004.
The general assembly was held in Stavanger, April 30 - May 2. Carl
I. Hagen was re-elected chairman.
The general assembly was held at the Rica Parken Hotel in Ålesund,
May 20 -22. Siv Jensen was re-elected first vice-chairwoman. Per Arne
Olsen was elected new second vice-chairman.
The general election was another success for the Party with the best
result ever of 22.1% of the votes. The new group consisted of the
following 38 members:
Østfold Ulf Leirstein, Jon Jæger Gåsvatn and Vigdis Giltun
Akershus Morten Høglund, Hans Frode K. Asmyhr, Kari Kjønaas Kjos and Ib
Oslo Carl I. Hagen, Siv Jensen and Christian Tybring-Gjedde
Hedmark Per Roar Bredvold
Oppland Thore A. Nistad
Buskerud Ulf Erik Knudsen and Jørund H. Rytman
Telemark Bård Hoksrud and Kåre Fostervold
Aust-Agder Torbjørn Andersen
Vest-Agder Henning Skumsvoll and Åse Schmidt
Rogaland Øyvind Vaksdal, Solveig Horne and Ketil Solvik-Olsen
Hordaland Arne Sortevik, Gjermund Hagesæter and Karin Ståhl Woldseth
Sogn & Fjordane Åge Starheim
Møre & Romsdal Harald Tom Nesvik and Lodve Solholm
Sør-Trøndelag Per Sandberg and Tord Lien
Nord-Trøndelag Robert Eriksson
Nordland Kenneth Svendsen and Jan Arild Ellingsen
Troms Øyvind Korsberg and Per Willy T. Amundsen
Finnmark Jan Henrik Fredriksen.
Carl I. Hagen is elected vice president of the Storting, while Lodve
Solholm, Per Sandberg and Harald Tom Nesvik are elected as chairmen of
the Committees on Scrutiny and Constitutional Affairs, Transport and
Communicatons, and Health and Care Services, respectively.
After a prolonged illness, John Ingolf Alvheim dies at Notodden hospital
Monday, December 5. A grieving party bids farewell to him in Notodden
Church Tuesday, December 13.
Carl I. Hagen declines re-election as party chairman.