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Moderate MP backs down over swimsuit models

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11:56 CEST+02:00
Gothenburg politician Göran Lindblad caused a rumpus on Wednesday after revealing his plan for scantily-clad beauties to flaunt their stuff at a campaign kick-off this Friday.

Lindblad, a Moderate Party member of parliament, was set to use the women to serve drinks and pass out brochures at a private party for 150 invited guests and campaign aides - but after a day of debate, it looks as though the models will be toning it down a bit.

"I would love to be a little controversial," Lindblad said, according to Svenska Dagbladet.

"Just as long as it doesn’t go over the boundaries of decency, and I don’t think this will."

The ladies were hired by a club owner through Joakim Granberg, the owner of Star World Entertainment, and were set to put on a swimsuit and lingerie show on Friday evening.

Granberg, who said he just wanted to help Lindblad with the campaign, said he has cancelled the more risqué portion of the evening.

"I was just trying to help a friend, but now it looks as though we are going to tone down the evening," Granberg told The Local.

"Lindblad didn’t have anything to do with booking us, it was the club owner. Haven’t people seen bathing suits before?"

Granberg said he spoke to Lindblad on the phone and told him of his plan to cancel the fashion show portion of the evening.

Lindblad was criticized earlier in the day for using such entertainment at a Party event

Sven Otto Littorin, Moderate Party Secretary, was not happy with Lindblad’s plan to use the women during Friday’s event.

"This is something that we are not supporting," he said. "Very unsuitable - I have tried to get him to back down but have not succeeded yet," he told Svenska Dagbladet.

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