The election of Tonje Brenna and Jan Christian Vestre as new Labor deputy leaders could threaten “safe” parliamentary seats for several of today’s party profiles.
Education Minister Tonje Brenna and Industry Minister Jan Christian Vestre will, by all indications, be elected to the party leadership at Ap’s national meeting on Friday 5 May.
It could trigger a nerve-wracking game of thrones in heavy Ap counties, writes Vårt Land.
Well-known names such as Anniken Huitfeldt, Espen Barth Eide, Kamzy Gunaratnam and the veteran Sverre Myrli can all become pawns in a drama about parliamentary seats in two important counties for Ap.
In Rogaland, the question is whether Jan Christian Vestre can make a dent in the list in his “childhood county”, where ex-deputy leader Hadia Tajik is currently number one.
Labor representatives from the relevant counties admit to Vårt Land that the game will be complicated, but no one reveals how they want to play their cards.
Another important thing that must be taken into account is whether voter failure continues, with support sitting below 20 percent. Then there may be fewer parliamentary seats to compete for at the top and “grassroot” levels.
Akershus Ap, for example, risks losing its fifth parliamentary seat, where Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt is top of the list. But when Akershus nominates candidates for the Storting, it may be about a continued place in national politics for Huitfeldt.
In Oslo Ap, several people are now wondering what Espen Barth Eide will do. He has held important cabinet posts in two governments, whether he wants a new term in the Storting in the event of an election defeat, or seeks a top job abroad, is not known.
The Labor Party will hold a national meeting in Folkets Hus in Oslo, from 4-6 May.