Election poster, 1939. It reads: Comrades - let it now be over! Vote for more work. Vote Conservative.
The party was founded 1915 based mostly on its predecessor, Højre (Right), but also on the Free Conservatives and a moderate faction of Venstre (Left), the liberals.
The party has participated in several coalition governments, but only one Prime Minister (statsminister in Danish), Poul Schlüter, has come from this party, serving from 1982 to 1993. The youth branch of the Conservative People's Party, albeit an independent organisation, is Young Conservatives, the earliest formed youth organisation in Denmark, founded in December 1904, and believed to be one of the oldest in the worldcitation needed, preceding the Conservative People's Party by 10 years. The student branch is Conservative Students, likewise an independent organisation, which has branches at all Danish Universities.
In 2001–2011, the Conservative People's Party was the junior partner in a coalition government led by Venstre (literally "left", but in Denmark meaning "Liberals"). The Conservative People's Party is currently led by Lars Barfoed, who served as Justice Minister from 2010 to 2011.