The Social Democrats are a key player in the software patent question after the Feb 2005 elections:
The government has been unable to count on their usual support, the EU skeptic Danish People's Party, as they have rejected software patents. Instead the government has relied on the major opposition party, the Social Democrats. Late january 2005 this support fell away as the Social Democrats demanded that the Council decision be delayed till after the election which the government had to give in to. For now it has been delayed until the question can be decided in the parliamentary Committee on European Affairs. This committee will not meet until feb 22 at the earliest.
What stance the Social Democrats will take in the end is uknown, but they recently denounced Bill Gates' threats to close a danish subsidiary in a press release. Currently the party is in an internal battle for the chairman post since former chairman Lykketoft stepped down after the election defeat.
The Social Democrat signing the put-swpat-on-hold letter that delayed the Council A-item, Jacob Buksti, was not re-elected, but their IT spokesman, (as of 2005-02-15) Thomas Adelskov was.