Norwegian police apparently have decided that Erna Solberg, the leader of Norway’s Conservative Party who’s widely tipped as becoming Norway’s next prime minister, needs protection. Solberg now has a bodyguard every time she leaves her home and the Parliament.
Newspaper Bergens Tidende reported that Solberg has had a bodyguard since the middle of last week. Solberg declined to comment, nor would communications officials for the Conservative Party (Høyre).
She’s the only party leader to have such protection apart from Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg of the Labour Party. Bergens Tidende reported there were no concrete threats lodged against Solberg, who has been the target of threats in the past, but she is seen as a prime minister candidate heading into the September election.
Stoltenberg, meanwhile, admitted at a pre-summer press conference on Thursday that he’s “a bit uneasy” given the public opinion polls showing the Conservatives and other non-socialist parties with a solid majority of voter support. “If I leaned back and said I wasn’t a bit uneasy, that would be an arrogance that doesn’t fit me, and it it would be completely wrong,” Stoltenberg said.
Wearing dark sunglasses following an eye operation on Tuesday, Stoltenberg said he looked forward to the election campaign “but we have a long way to go to surpass the opposition’s lead.”