She became a social democrat during her studies in Belgium and joined the Social Democratic Party in 1993. On 12 April, 2005 she was elected the leader of Social Democrats, ahead of the other candidate, Frank Jensen. She led her party in the 2007 election, in which it suffered modest losses and was forced into a third term in opposition. The party was also unable to regain its position as the largest party in the Folketing. Although her party again lost two seats in the 2007 election reducing the total to 45 seats, her leadership was not questioned by her party. After these election campaign Helle Thorning-Schmidt started working towards forming a centre-left government coalition consisting of the Socialist People's Party and the Social Liberal Party with parliamentary support from the small Red-Green Alliance. As the leader of the largest opposition party in Denmark, she has been described by the media as the leader of the Danish opposition. During 2011 parliamentary elections her four-party bloc gained a majority of 89 seats in the 179-seat parliament against 86 for the sitting Prime Minister and his center-right parliamentary supporters, thus making Helle Thorning-Schmidt the country's first female Prime Minister.
Party affiliation: Social Democratic Party