Helle Thorning-Schmidt (født 14. december 1966 i Rødovre) er en dansk politiker, der siden den 3. oktober 2011 har været Danmarks statsminister. Hun har siden 2005 været formand for Socialdemokraterne.
Helle Thorning-Schmidt er uddannet cand.scient.pol. og MA i europæiske studier, og har siden 2005 været medlem af Folketinget og formand for Socialdemokraterne.
Hendes politiske karriere begyndte i 1999, da hun blev medlem af Europaparlamentet, hvor hun sad til 2004. Hun blev opstillet til Folketinget i Østerbrokredsen i 2003, og er siden blevet valgt ved valgene i 2005 (4.591 personlige stemmer), 2007 (49.926 personlige stemmer) og 2011 (33.564 personlige stemmer).
Efter daværende partiformand Mogens Lykketofts nederlag ved folketingsvalget 2005, stillede hun op som formandskandidat og blev valgt 12.
april 2005, efter at have vundet en urafstemning blandt partiets medlemmer. Ved folketingsvalget 2007 tabte hun kampen om statsministerposten til Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
Ved folketingsvalget 2011 vandt hendes alliance bestående af Socialdemokraterne, SF, Radikale Venstre og Enhedslisten valget, og efter 14 dages forhandlinger dannede hun en regering med deltagelse af Socialdemokraterne, SF og Radikale Venstre.
Helle Thorning-Schmidt har siden 1996 været gift med britiskfødte Stephen Kinnock, som hun mødte, mens de begge studerede på Europakollegiet i Belgien, og med hvem hun har to døtre. Kinnock er søn af Neil Kinnock, der var leder af det britiske socialdemokratiske parti Labour i perioden 1983-92.
Helle Thorning-Schmidt (born 14 December 1966) is a Danish politician who has been the Prime Minister of Denmark since 3 October 2011 and the Leader of the Social Democrats since 12 April 2005. She is the first woman to hold either post.
Thorning-Schmidt served as a Member of the European Parliament for Denmark from 1999 to 2004 before being elected to the Danish Parliament in 2005. She was elected to replace Mogens Lykketoft as Leader of the Social Democrats after the 2005 parliamentary election, leading her party through the 2007 parliamentary election, which was won by the centre-right alliance, and the 2011 parliamentary election, after which she was appointed Prime Minister by Queen Margrethe II. Thorning-Schmidt holds degrees in political science from the University of Copenhagen and the College of Europe.
Early career in Europe
From 1994 to 1997, Thorning-Schmidt led the secretariat of the Danish delegation of Social Democrats in the European Parliament. After her time in Brussels she worked as an international consultant with the Danish Confederation of Trade Unions until being elected MEP in 1999.
Thorning-Schmidt was elected to the European Parliament as a member of the Party of European Socialists. During the five-year term, she was a member of the Employment and Social Committee and served as a substitute on the Constitutional Committee. She co-founded the Campaign for Parliament Reform (CPR).
Prime Minister of Denmark
In the 2011 parliamentary election, she was re-elected to parliament. Although the ruling Liberal Party became the largest party and gained a seat and the Social Democrats lost a seat, the opposition parties combined obtained more seats than the government coalition. Her four-party bloc gained a majority of 89 seats in the 179-seat parliament against 86 for the sitting Prime Minister and his center-right parliamentary supporters. Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen formally tendered his resignation to Queen Margrethe on 16 September 2011. Rasmussen's cabinet remained in office as a caretaker government until 3 October, when Helle Thorning-Schmidt was appointed Prime Minister by the Queen following negotiations with the other opposition parties.
Helle Thorning-Schmidt officially began her first term as Prime Minister on 3 October 2011, after having presented her cabinet to the Queen and having received her official appointment. centrist compromise agenda, building several reforms with support from both sides of the Folketing. This has caused friction with the supporting Red-Green Alliance, which has been kept outside of influence.
Thorning-Schmidt has pursued a
Thorning-Schmidt presided over the successful conclusion of NATO's strike missions in Libya, to which Denmark was a contributor, less than three weeks after taking office.
She married Stephen Kinnock in 1996, so becoming the daughter-in-law of Neil Kinnock, Baron Kinnock, former leader of the British Labour Party and European Commissioner, and Glenys Kinnock, Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead, former British Minister for Europe. She met her husband while they were both attending the College of Europe. They have two daughters, Johanna and Camilla. Helle lives in Copenhagen with their children, while her husband currently resides in Davos, Switzerland, where he works as a director for the World Economic Forum.