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Schenström's successor off to shaky start

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Schenström's successor off to shaky start
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07:56 CET+01:00
Fredrik Reinfeldt's new State Secretary Nicola Clase has admitted to paying cash-in-hand for renovations to a summer house outside Stockholm, Expressen reports.

The woman chosen to temporarily succeed Ulrica Schenström as State Secretary to the Prime Minister is reported to have paid building workers 40,000 kronor. The tax authorities were never made aware of the payment.

Having been contacted by the newspaper, Clase confirmed that the information was correct and she and her husband had indeed paid for black market services.

"We regret any mistakes we have made and are prepared to make up for them," she told Expressen.

Ulrica Schenström resigned on Wednesday night after a week of controversy over her visit to a bar, where she had been drinking considerable quantities of wine with a journalist while on call.

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