Federley quits as Centre’s youth leader

Fredrick Federley, a high-profile Centre Party member of parliament, has said he plans to quit as head of the party's youth wing.

Federley said that after four-and-a-half years in the job, it was time for someone new to take over.

“I’ve become the group’s old hag,” the 28-year-old said.

He said he was pleased with what he had achieved in the job, and took credit for the fact that the party had softened its previous insistence on getting rid of nuclear power.

The Centre Party’s flexibility on the issue enabled the centre-right Alliance to strike an energy policy agreement. The youth wing was the first section of the party to break the party’s long-held line that Sweden should decommission its nuclear power stations.

Federley promoted the line that Sweden should continue using atomic energy as long as existing facilities are financially viable and safe.

“Without us, the party would still be stuck in the mud,” he said.

The youth wing of the party has become more neo-liberal under Federley’s leadership. He has, among other things, argued for a flat tax.

“We have become more daring, and a clear voice,” he said.

The young MP was most recently in the news when he accused unions of mafia methods during their blockade of Gothenburg’s Wild’n Fresh salad bar. He even made a bid, together with PR consultant Dominika Peczynski, to buy the bar.

While the bid for the bar was not accepted, Federley says he has not given up on the idea, saying he would like to run a business and prove that “it’s not the unions that provide security.”

“Many people have expressed an interest, and something will come of it,” he said.

Federley’s successor will be chosen at the youth wing’s annual general meeting in Kalmar in May. There are two candidates, Magnus Andersson from Bollnäs in northern Sweden and Marie Wickberg from Värmland, western Sweden.