Red has made his best choice in history. This means that party leader Bjørnar Moxnes will be joined by seven party colleagues in the Storting over the next four years.
– After carrying out the grassroots election campaign of all time, we have finally achieved the breakthrough we have worked for for almost ten years, says Rødt leader Bjørnar Moxnes.
With 4.7 per cent of the votes in this year’s election, Rødt thus managed to get over the barrier limit as the first new party after it was introduced in 1989.
So far in Rødt’s history, Moxnes is the only one from the party who has been a parliamentary representative. That is changing now.
The more than 135,000 votes in this year’s election means that the number of representatives from Rødt in the Storting grows from one to eight. But who the eight will be is not entirely decided.
A fine count of votes in Nordland constituency can have consequences for the distribution of equalization mandates throughout Norway.
Rødt will in any case get eight seats in the Storting, but as it looks now, Geir Jørgensen (49) from Rødt in Nordland can replace Hanne Lise Fahsing who for a long time seemed to get a place in Rødt’s Storting group.
It is a solid group that will meet for Rødt in the Storting in the future, according to Moxnes, who is deeply grateful to bring his party colleagues to Løvebakken for the next four years.
But who are they?
These will join Moxnes in Parliament
2nd candidate Oslo.
Was leader of Rød Ungdom 2012–2014. Aydar also has a background from the Women’s Front and has been the leader of Agenda X. She has also been the leader of Solidarity with Kurdistan. Since 2017, she is Rødt’s first deputy representative in the Storting.
She works as a political adviser for Rødt in the Storting with responsibility for health, kindergarten and higher education. She is Rødt’s second representative on the Oslo bench.
1st candidate Nord-Trøndelag.
Works as a customer advisor at Opplysningen 1881. She is organized in El og IT Forbundet. Fahsing also represents Rødt in the municipal council in Namsos. She has been particularly interested in working for a serious working life and minor differences. She has been elected from Nord-Trøndelag.
* May break out after the final count that is taking place in several places in the country. She will then be replaced by Geir Jørgensen (49), from Rødt in Nordland, who will enter into an equalization mandate.
Lives in Hadsel and works as regional secretary for Northern Norway in the Nature Conservation Association. He has many years in the municipal council in Hadsel behind him.
Since 2019, he has represented Rødt at the county council in Nordland. He is particularly interested in fisheries policy and coastal fishing.
* Can come in after the final count that takes place in several places in the country. He will then replace Hanne Lise Fahsing.
1st candidate Sør-Trøndelag.
Educated child welfare educator with a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary cultural studies with specialization in gender and ethnicity, and continuing education as a kindergarten educator. She is organized in Fellesorganisasjon where she is an attending deputy in the district board in Trøndelag.
Nyholt has also had a long-term commitment to Palestine, working especially with solidarity work in Lebanon and the West Bank through the Palestine Committee. Since 2019, she represents Rødt at the county council. She has been elected from Sør-Trøndelag.
1st candidate Hordaland.
Background from Rød Ungdom. She is a research fellow in general literary studies, and a temporary employee at the University of Bergen. She is organized in the Norwegian Civil Servants Association.
Marhaug was elected to the city council in Bergen in 2011, where she has been group leader for Rødt since 2015. She has been elected from Hordaland.
- Mímir Kristjánsson (35)
1st candidate Rogaland.
From 2006–2008, he was the leader of Rød Ungdom. From 2019, he has been group leader for Rødt in Stavanger City Council. Kristjánsson has a background as a journalist in the newspaper Klassekampen and has written several critically acclaimed books. He has been elected from Rogaland.
- Tobias Drevland Lund (25)
1st candidate Telemark.
Studying political science at UiO. He has previously worked in the grocery industry. Lund was the leader of Rød Ungdom 2018–2020.
He was the municipal council representative in the home municipality of Kragerø for the period 2015-2019, and has represented Rødt at the county councils in Vestfold and Telemark. He has been elected from Telemark, and is the second youngest representative in the new Storting.
- Marie Sneve Martinussen (35)
1st candidate Akershus.
Social economist and deputy head of Rødt. She has a background from the environmental movement and has, among other things, been Russia’s secretary in Nature and Youth.
Sneve Martinussen has also played bass in the band Mylittlepony, and has participated in several record releases. She has been a driving force for Rødt’s festival Popvenstre, which mixes politics and culture.
In 2012, she was elected deputy head of Rødt. Since 2017, she has been on leave from her job as a consultant in the Norwegian Environment Agency to work full time for Rødt. She has been elected from Akershus.
– Red has become a popular movement
Since election night alone, the party has gained over 1,000 new members, according to party secretary Benedikte Pryneid Hansen.
– Red has become a popular movement towards increased differences, for a fair and powerful climate policy. And we still have room for many, many more, says Moxnes about membership growth, and continues:
– Now we are embarking on the work of reducing the differences, throwing out the profiteers of welfare and rebuilding the organized working life.
With eight parliamentary representatives, there is also a financial gain for Rødt. They are set to receive almost NOK 10 million more in support from the Storting – annually.
It writes NTB.
In the last four years, Rødt has received almost NOK 850,000 in support of its one representative, in addition to the basic grant of more than NOK 5 million, the Storting states in its websites.
With eight representatives, the representative grant will increase to almost NOK 6.8 million.
In addition to the group subsidy, Rødt will henceforth also receive the opposition supplement, which is given to groups with two or more representatives who are not in government.
This is just over NOK 3.2 million, annually.
Thus, the annual payment increases from NOK 5.9 million to NOK 15.2 million.