The proportion of municipalities where the Liberal Party is not represented will increase at this year’s election, from a fifth four years ago to a third this year in Hordaland and Sogn og Fjordane.
– The Liberal Party is about to become an Oslo party, says municipal councilor Jan Erik Espelid (V) in Austrheim to Bergens Tidende .
When he was elected, the Liberals received 9.9 per cent and two municipal council representatives. The other has now signed up and is independent, while Espelid has lost the spark and will give up in the municipal council. He doubts that there will be a Liberal list in Austrheim this fall, with a failure in the membership and problems with getting candidates.
At the previous election there were 12 out of 59 municipalities in Hordaland and Sogn og Fjordane that did not have the Left List.
A survey by Bergens Tidende has shown that at least 14 of the 43 new municipalities in Western Norway will be without the Liberal list at the autumn municipal elections. One municipality is uncertain.
Left races on several polls and is now least of all parties in the Storting.