The Center Party is rushing forward in Oslo – can get two in parliament

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The Center Party is doing a great job in a new poll in Oslo and is now the capital’s fourth largest party. It gives the party two representatives in the Storting.

Labor veteran Jan Bøhler’s transition to the Center Party seems to give SP leader Trygve Slagsvold solid support in Oslo. Photo: Berit Roald / NTB

In a survey Sentio has conducted for Klassekampen and Nettavisen, Sp gets a support in Oslo of as much as 7.5 percent.

This is a marked improvement from 2017, when the party received 2.1 percent of the vote in the capital. In the parliamentary elections in 2013, the party ended up with only 0.8 percent.

The progress for the Center Party comes after the Labor Party veteran and groruddøl Jan Bøhler announced his transfer to the Center Party on 1 October.

Turbo

The last time a Center Party politician from Oslo was elected to the Storting was in 1993, when Arne Haukvik was elected in the middle of the EU struggle.

If the poll had been the election result, SP’s first candidate Jan Bøhler would have been able to follow the second candidate and Oslo SP leader Bjørg Sandkjær into the Storting.

– We see a Bøhler effect. I feel we have got a turbo on the team. We have built up in Oslo over time. Last year we joined the city council, and we have gained more members. After Jan came over, we notice increased attention and that more people are concerned about what we stand for, Sandkjær says to Klassekampen.

Bøhler himself refers to the issues he believes are the reason why more people are looking at the Center Party.

– The fight for Ullevål hospital concerns many in Oslo. I also think that the Center Party has wanted to spend much less money on the government quarter, is something many support. We are also starting to make our mark on criminal gangs in Oslo, and are becoming more relevant there, Bøhler tells Nettavisen.

The right is clearly the largest in Oslo

The Conservatives also advance the poll and secure seven of the capital’s 20 seats with a support of 27.7 percent. Labor retains its five on this poll. Both the FRP and the Liberal Party will lose one of their two seats. Otherwise there are no changes.

The parties’ support: (changes from the parliamentary elections in 2017 in Oslo in parentheses)

Right: 27.7 (+1.3), Labor: 25.9 (-2.5), Sp: 7.5 (+5.4), SV: 12.3 (+3), MDG 7.3 (+1.3), Red 6.5 (+0.2), Frp 6.1 (-3.4), V 4.4 (-4) and KrF 0.8 (-1.3).

The survey was conducted between 2 and 14 November. 800 people were interviewed. The margin of error is between 1 and 3.6 percentage points.





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