Former Labor city councilor Geir Lippestad and a number of KrFere are planning a new political party. The Labor Party’s party secretary Kjersti Stenseng thinks it’s a shame.
– It is very surprising and a pity that Geir Lippestad does not find a place in the Labor Party and the labor movement, says Aps party secretary Kjersti Stenseng to VG.
Lippestad has been a member of the Labor Party until today and was a city councilor in Oslo until 2017 and a city council member until last year.
– Do you experience it as a betrayal by a central Labor politician?
– No, I do not want to say anything about that. There is freedom of association in Norway and this is his choice.
Got to know it through others
Stenseng says she found out about Lippestad’s new party on Tuesday.
– I got to know it through others. We currently know little about what they are trying to do, but it may seem as if there are forces in KrF that experience that the more conservative and narrow KrF we see today is not their party.
– Do you think they will succeed?
– It is too early to say anything about. We focus on the Labor Party leading the way among the red-greens, to win the election next autumn. If a change of government is the goal, a strong Labor Party is needed.
– KrF the best alternative
Former party leader in KrF Knut Arild Hareide writes in a post on his Facebook profile that his wish is that the forces that want to work for the Christian Democratic values should stand together.
– And I think the center party KrF is the best alternative. Politics is full of dilemmas. But if we are to achieve concrete political results, we must cultivate compromises and build bridges. Do not build walls, writes Hareide.
– The Storting is the goal
The new party will be called the Center. According to NRK, they had a foundation meeting at the end of last week. Now they need 5,000 signatures to be able to run lists in the parliamentary elections next year.
– The Storting is the goal. The fight against exclusion and societal barriers is our DNA, Lippestad tells NRK.
He also says that the Center will “be a voice for a change of government.
– If one is to do something with exclusion and inclusion, then it does not happen in a collaboration with Frp, says Lippestad.
The party “takes Christian and religious values seriously”, but will govern according to the UN’s sustainability, says the former Labor politician.
The case is being updated