• Sweden's news in English
 

Left Party veteran Lars Werner dead

12 Jan 2013, 13:56

Published: 12 Jan 2013 13:56 GMT+01:00

"I am deeply sorry about Lars Werner's death and my thoughts are with his family," said Jonas Sjöstedt, current leader of the Left Party.

"There are many of us who will miss him. Lars Werner was deeply rooted in the labour movement. He had a warm heart and strong sense of class. A large and loved political figure has left us."

Werner lead the Left Party for nearly two decades, between 1975 and 1993.

Sjöstedt's predecessor, Lars Ohly, tweeted on Saturday afternoon: "The Left Party is in mourning. Lars Werner is dead. And I have lost a support and a friend."

CH Hermansson, Left Party leader between 1964 and 1975, also reacted to Werner's death.

"I will miss Lars Werner terribly and am devastated after hearing the news. We worked together for many years to renew the party as a modern left movement. He was always very loyal and reliable," said Hermansson.

Werner, born in 1935, was trained as a mason and became chairman of the masons' union in 1972.

He was also a member of parliament between 1965 and 1994.

In the 1960s, Werner campaigned for the party, then known as the Swedish Communist Party, to become more independent of its Soviet counterpart.

It was under Werner's chairmanship in 1990 that the party changed names from the Communist Left Party (Vänsterpartiet kommunisterna) to the Left Party.

When Werner left the leadership post three years later, he was replaced by Gudrun Schyman.

Werner died around 5pm on Friday January 11th.

TT/The Local/nr Follow The Local on Twitter

Your comments about this article

18:37 January 12, 2013 by johan rebel
No doubt there are plenty of Stalinists and Bolsheviks left who are deeply sorry, even though they never showed any such feelings for the countless millions they sent to an early graves.
00:25 January 13, 2013 by Eric1
The Left/Communist Party is makes the Nazis look like Boy Scouts. They are the meaning of evil along with their buddies the Muslim Jihadist.
08:30 January 14, 2013 by Wotan9
Hope he's enjoying his time in hell for helping promote White genocide in life.
16:30 January 18, 2013 by AdamVikingen
@johan rebel:

Did you even read the text? it was he who together with CH made the party independent from any kinds of Soviet-sympathiser, and of you read up a little about Swedish politics you would also know that the Left-Party is strictly Anti-Stalinist and Anti-Bolshevik, The Left-Party is a Marxist Party, not a Marxist-Leninist party, it´s a huge difference.

@Eric1:

You seem to forget the fact that the Left-party is non-religious, and it´s because of Palestine you call them Jihadists, then it´s clear you haven't read up on your conflict facts, The left Party supports the Palestine government (Like a Majority of the world dose! Which you would have known if you watched the UN vote about letting the Palestine government get a chair in the UN building!)

@Wotan9

What party in Sweden wanted Sweden to enter the war on the side of the Allies? (The Left Party did) And you obviously have never actually met a Socialist in your life, Socialists are to the very core Anti-Fascists, Anti-Nazis nd Anti-Racist, but i guess you are in denial because the US was the very last nation in the world to stop using black slaves, and was one of the very few nations who had "Race-laws". And guess what, the Left-Party held demonstrations against this...thats right, WE held demo´s against the US having race-laws! So dont you come here and proclaim that the left-party is racist!,

And if you Guys wanna talk about sick things, I guess (And hope You know who "Pol Pot" was...well guess what, who suported him? Did the we suport him? Did even Russia suport him? No! But who did? The US and UK did! Who invaded Cambodia and ripped him out of office? Was it the US? No! It was North-Vietnam! (Dont remember if it was after the Unification)

(How do i know this? Because i am Swedish and i do heavy studies in "Social-Studies", and also because i am a member of the "Young Left" and sits on the board of Värmland county)
Today's headlines
Sweden confirms plans for new mortgage rules
Finance minister Per Bolund. Photo: TT

Sweden confirms plans for new mortgage rules

2 hours ago

The Swedish government has announced that new rules to force lenders to amortize on their house loans now have the backing of parliament.

Refugee crisis
Hans Rosling: 'You can't trust the media'
Screenshot: DR Nyheder

Hans Rosling: 'You can't trust the media'

6 hours ago

Swedish celebrity statistician Hans Rosling has urged the 'arrogant' media to see the big picture in a feisty clash on Danish television.

Refugee crisis
Foreign minister: EU's 'credibility' is at stake
Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallström. Photo: Adam Ihse/TT

Foreign minister: EU's 'credibility' is at stake

1 day ago

UPDATED: Margot Wallström, Sweden's Foreign Minister, has warned that the EU's global credibility is at stake if it does not act now to tackle the refugee crisis.

Refugee crisis
Nordic tourists rush to help refugees in Greece
A truck taking donations from Swedes and Danes to Greece. Photo: Ving

Nordic tourists rush to help refugees in Greece

1 day ago

Swedes and Danes are heading to Greece with bags of unwanted clothes and other goods to help newly-arrived refugees.

Sweden charges Rwanda genocide suspect
Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre in Rwanda. Photo: Ben Curtis/TT

Sweden charges Rwanda genocide suspect

1 day ago

A Swede of Rwandan origin was has been charge with genocide and war crimes.

The Local Music
The Local's top Swedish songs for September
Swedish singer Noonie Bao embracing the autumn. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

The Local's top Swedish songs for September

1 day ago

The Local's music guru, Paul Connolly, has picked out Sweden's eight best new tracks to help ease you into autumn.

Underarm hair post gets Swedes in a tangle
Ida Nygren Hansson was shocked when a friend confided that her daughter had asked for help to shave under her arms. File photo: Communist Casino/Flickr

Underarm hair post gets Swedes in a tangle

1 day ago

A Swedish woman’s outraged Facebook post about her friend’s 12-year-old daughter being pressured to shave under her arms has gone viral.

Opinion
'Sweden was right; the UK should be ashamed'
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron at a conference earlier this year. Photo: TT/Mindaugas Kulbis

'Sweden was right; the UK should be ashamed'

1 day ago

The "open hearts and open arms" of Swedes have warmed The Local's Northern Sweden reporter Paul Connolly this week. But he's becoming increasingly ashamed of immigration policies back in his home country, the UK.

Refugee crisis
How to help refugees if you live in Sweden
Asylum seekers in Halmstad, Sweden earlier this year. Photo: Anders Andersson/TT

How to help refugees if you live in Sweden

2 days ago

As images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a Turkish beach spark debate around the world, The Local looks at some of the ways you can help refugees if you live in Sweden, which is continuing to take in more asylum seekers than any other EU nation.

Russia blocks Sweden from Chagall art loan
Chagall paintings on display in Paris in 2013. Photo: Remy de la Mauviniere/TT/AP

Russia blocks Sweden from Chagall art loan

1 day ago

Russia has blocked Sweden from borrowing Marc Chagall paintings for an upcoming exhibition of the artist's work, the Millesgården Museum in Stockholm has announced, as a diplomatic dispute continued between the two countries.

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS

National
Do you know which song was Sweden's biggest summer hit?
National
Who is Sweden's secret anti-immigration blogger?
Gallery
People-watching: September 2nd
National
VIDEO: Swedish longboarder builds dreams with viral film
National
Hairy Swedish knickers on display
Blog updates

4 September

Editor’s blog, September 3rd (The Local Sweden) »

"Dear readers, As images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a Turkish beach sparked debate..." READ »

 

18 August

Preteritum eller presens perfekt? (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hello everyone, It’s grammar time ! I got an interesting question about the past tense vs present..." READ »

 
 
 
Sponsored Article
'It gives you the guts to believe in yourself'
National
Swedish billionaire blasted for 'lonely' Twitter rant
Sponsored Article
Nine places where Stockholm needs more English
Gallery
Property of the week: Stuverum, Västervik
National
Swedish ship rescues 5,295 refugees
National
TIMELINE: Everything you need to know about the Julian Assange case
National
'Sweden Democrats will run the country'
Gallery
People-watching: August 28th-30th
National
Swedish bin men hailed as heroes after rescuing doomed kitten
National
This Swedish teen was told she was 'too big' to be a model
Gallery
People-watching: August 26th
National
Rescued baby lemur gets new Stockholm home
National
Stockholm Fashion Week turns island into Mars
Gallery
Property of the week: Stora Essingen, Stockholm
National
Swedish crayfish thieves caught red handed by officers
National
Veil soon to be lifted on new Millennium sequel novel
Gallery
People-watching: August 21st - 22nd
Cecilia Larsson Lantz/imagebank.sweden.se
Presented by Stockholm Academic Forum
International students welcomed to Stockholm
National
The Bridge: What does the third season have in store?
National
Lucky escape for Swedes after 'dead' bear launches attack
National
Syrian asylum seeker comic: 'We don't prefer Sweden any more'
Lifestyle
Baby joy for Swedish crime queen and her wrestler boyfriend
National
Soldier accused of faking first Isis attack in Sweden
National
Fire alert as Sweden sizzles in summer heatwave
Gallery
People-watching: August 19th
National
Meet the Swede who is crazy for Norway’s mass killer
National
Swede's review of night in drunk tank goes viral
National
VIDEO: Swedish teen melts hearts with this incredible Idol audition
Society
What's a Swedish crayfish party?
National
UN: Sweden can't be left to shoulder migrant crisis alone
Gallery
Property of the week: Skogås, Huddinge
National
Men outstrip women for first time
Society
IN PICTURES: Wooden town resembles 'war zone' after huge fire
Gallery
People-watching: August 14th-16th
Sport
Swedish referee shuts viral Facebook page explaining his decisions
Business & Money
A studio in Stockholm or a castle in the countryside?
National
How did twelve skeletons end up beneath a Swedish castle?
Gallery
People-watching: August 12th
National
Millennium sequel author labelled 'grave robber'
National
Two metre long python stops traffic in Malmö
Sponsored Article
Getting pregnant the Swedish way
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

3,209
jobs available
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
psdmedia.se