Lyng’s Cabinet

The Lyng Cabinet governed Norway between 28 August 1963 and 25 September 1963. It was the first in 28 years not to be led by the Norwegian Labour Party. It was a centre-right coalition government of the Conservative Party, Centre Party, Christian Democratic Party and Liberal Party led by John Lyng of the Conservative Party. It had fifteen members, of which five were from the Conservative Party, four were from the Centre Party, three were from the Christian Democratic Party and three were from the Liberal Party. Karen Grønn-Hagen was the cabinet’s only female member.

Lyng’s Cabinet

Cabinet of Norway

Prime Minister Lyng (first row, to the far right) in the Storting five days before his cabinet fell.
Date formed 28 August 1963
Date dissolved 25 September 1963
People and organisations
Head of state Olav V of Norway
Head of government John Lyng
No. of ministers 15
Member party Conservative Party
Liberal Party
Christian Democratic Party
Centre Party
Status in legislature Coalition majority government
History
Predecessor Gerhardsen’s Third Cabinet
Successor Gerhardsen’s Fourth Cabinet

After the Socialist People’s Party joined a no-confidence vote against Einar Gerhardsen‘s government, Lyng realised that between them, the non-Labour parties were only one seat short of a majority in the Storting. He quickly got the non-Labour parties to form a coalition government, which took office on 28 August after the SF abstained. The SF, however, threw its support back to Gerhardsen a month later, allowing Labour to return to power. Nonetheless, the brief Lyng government proved that the non-Labour parties were capable of governing after three decades of Labour rule.

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Portfolio Minister Tookoffice Leftoffice Party
Prime Minister John Lyng 28 August 1963 25 September 1963   Conservative
Minister of Foreign Affairs Erling Wikborg 28 August 1963 25 September 1963   Christian Democratic
Minister of Defence Håkon Kyllingmark 28 August 1963 25 September 1963   Conservative
Minister of Industry Kaare Meland 28 August 1963 25 September 1963   Conservative
Minister of Finance and Customs Dagfinn Vårvik 28 August 1963 25 September 1963   Centre
Minister of Pay and Prices Ole Myrvoll 28 August 1963 25 September 1963   Liberal
Minister of Local Government and Labour Bjarne Lyngstad 28 August 1963 25 September 1963   Liberal
Minister of Social Affairs Kjell Bondevik 28 August 1963 25 September 1963   Christian Democratic
Minister of Transport and Communications Lars Leiro 28 August 1963 25 September 1963   Centre
Minister of Trade and Shipping Kåre Willoch 28 August 1963 25 September 1963   Conservative
Minister of Fisheries Onar Onarheim 28 August 1963 25 September 1963   Conservative
Minister of Agriculture Hans Borgen 28 August 1963 25 September 1963   Centre
Minister of Justice and the Police Petter Mørch Koren 28 August 1963 25 September 1963   Christian Democratic
Minister of Family and Consumer Affairs Karen Grønn-Hagen 28 August 1963 25 September 1963   Centre
Minister of Education and Church Affairs Olaf Kortner 28 August 1963 25 September 1963   Liberal

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