European Conservatives

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European Conservatives
European parliamentary group
Name European Conservatives
English abbr. C[1]
French abbr. n/a
Formal name European Conservative Group[1][2]
Ideology Conservatism
From 16 January 1973[3]
To 17 July 1979[3]
Preceded by n/a
Succeeded by European Democratic Group
Chaired by Kent S. Kirk,[4][5]
"Rippon"[5] (Geoffrey Rippon?)
MEP(s) 63 (July 7, 1979)

The European Conservative Group was a Conservative political group with seats in the European Parliament between 1973 and 1979.


On 1 January 1973 the Community enlarged for the first time to include Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom. The British Conservative and Danish Conservative parties formed their own group called the European Conservative Group[1] on 16 January 1973.[3]

In the ensuing years, the group collected additional right-of-centre members, and on 17 July 1979[3] it changed its name to the "European Democratic Group".[2][6]

In March 2009 it was reported that the European Conservatives could be re-created as a group in the European Parliament, led by the British Conservative Party if they withdraw from the EPP-ED group and succeed in meeting the minimum requirements for a political group in the Parliament.[7][8]

On 22 June 2009, the British Conservatives with their colleagues launched the European Conservatives and Reformists Group.[9]