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Winds of Change in Stavanger

There is a fresh breeze blowing across Stavanger’s political stage, according to Tom Hetland, former Editor-in-Chief and commentator for Stavanger Aftenblad.

This is partly due to a number of new faces and leaders arriving on the scene. It also allows for certain cards to be replayed, says Hetland, who anticipates keener interest, greater enthusiasm and livelier debates than we have seen for many years leading up to this autumn’s local elections. 

It doesn’t necessarily mean that the discord between a red and a blue bloc in Stavanger runs particularly deep – or has grown any deeper – a fact which is backed by Rosenkilden’s survey. The various parties in the City Council are often in agreement, and in more than eight of ten cases the Labour Party and the Conservative Party vote alike when resolutions are passed by the City Council or Executive Committee.

- Surveys carried out by the Norwegian Parliament some years ago showed that the two parties voted alike in over 60 per cent of all cases. The higher up in the system, the greater the potential for conflict becomes. I believe that Stavanger will position itself as expected. There is also a long-standing tradition of cooperation between the Labour Party and the Conservative Party in Stavanger, tells Hetland.

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