Helle Thorning-Schmidt (born 14 December 1966) is a Danish politician. She was elected leader of the Danish Social Democrats by the party members on April 12 2005, ahead of the other candidate, Frank Jensen. She replaced Mogens Lykketoft, who had resigned when he lost the 2005 Danish parliamentary election to the sitting government coalition of Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
As the leader of the largest opposition party in Denmark she can be considered the leader of the Danish opposition. Should she succeed in leading the opposition to power, she would be the first female Prime Minister of Denmark.
She was against holding a referendum on the European Reform Treaty. During her 2007 campaign she promised to relax restrictions on asylum seekers and immigrants. She also opposed tax cuts announced by Anders Fogh Rasmussen, instead she would like to see more money spent on welfare. The party also campaigned on a platform of combating increased inequalities in society, and fighting global warming by making 45% of Denmark's energy from renewable sources by 2025.
Although her party again lost two seates in the 2007 election (now 45 seats), her leadership wasn't questioned by her party.
According to a June 2008 opinion poll carried out by Gallup, the opposition centre-left was on 49.8% compared to 49.6% to the centre-right. This would leave the centre-left on 88 seats, one short of a majority, discounting the Faroe Island and Greenland seats.
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