All Klaustur MPs now in same party

22.02.2019 - 14:52
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Ólafur Ísleifsson and Karl Gauti Hjaltason have decided to join the parliamentary Miðflokkurinn (Centre Party) today. They were sacked from Flokkur fólksins (the People’s Party) at the end of November and have been independent MPs in Alþingi ever since.

In a statement, the pair say they are politically aligned with Miðflokkurinn’s stance to support low earners and the vulnerable in Icelandic society. They say they and Miðflokkurinn agree on the need to improve conditions for the lowest paid and give retired and disabled people the opportunity to improve their lives by being allowed to work without fear of their benefits being cut. 

“Under the banner of Miðflokkurinn, we feel we can achieve better results on our key agendas and strengthen the party’s status on the issues. We share the same vision of the independence and sovereignty of the nation, its supremacy over its natural resources and the importance of Western cooperation. 

“We believe that within Miðflokkurinn we will strengthen our position within Alþingi to push the agenda on these issues that the voters trusted us with at the last election,” they say in their statement. 

The pair were among the six MPs secretly recorded making derogatory comments about parliamentary colleagues and minority groups whilst drinking at Klaustur bar in late November. The other four were all Miðflokkurinn MPs.