• Sweden's news in English

Swede concern over uncertain UK election

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 7 May 2010, 11:15

Published: 07 May 2010 11:15 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

"According to current information it is not the clear election result that the British electoral system usually delivers, which would enable the tough measures that the British economy and the British people need," Fredrik Reinfeldt said.

With 615 of the 650 constituency results declared by 11am on Friday, the Conservative Party leads with 290 seats, followed by Labour on 247 and the Liberal Democrats on 51. A party needs 326 seats to claim a majority in the House of Commons. The result means the first hung parliament in the UK since 1974.

With less than five months before Sweden goes to the polls in September Reinfeldt was keen to associate himself with the apparent success of a renewed Conservative Party and their leader David Cameron.

"The major winners are the British Moderates (Conservative Party), they appear to have won around a 100 new parliamentary seats even if it does not appear to be enough to form a majority. The biggest losers are the British Social Democrats (Labour)," Reinfeldt said.

"(David) Cameron's renewal of the the Conservatives has brought confidence. The biggest loser is of course Gordon Brown. The British Social Democrats have lost their grip on the public finances," he said.

Social Democrat leader Mona Sahlin also issued a comment on the election result on Friday morning pointing out that the uncertain outcome presented tough challenges for the British parliamentary system.

Story continues below…

"What is needed now is leadership. These are not straightforward decisions waiting the Brits or the next government," Mona Sahlin said to news agency TT.

Sahlin argued that all three major parties were probably feeling disappointed on Friday morning with Labour showing itself unable to battle high unemployment and renew itself, the Conservative party unable to secure a majority, and the Liberal Democrats failing to live up to their early election campaign promise.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

13:03 May 7, 2010 by spy
Another shoddy article by the TL.
13:13 May 7, 2010 by misssh
another shoddy comment by a muppet!
14:00 May 7, 2010 by Puffin
I think it is just a way for The Local to comment on the UK election despite being a newspaper for Swedish News ... if in doubt create a tenuous link to Sweden :-)
14:12 May 7, 2010 by lurker
I think it's relevant and interesting for British readers of The Local to get an idea of what Swedes are saying about UK politics. I just see this as The Local catering to a significant part of its readership. Indeed, the Swedish papers have also given prominence to Swedish reactions to the UK election. Why wouldn't The Local?
16:29 May 7, 2010 by millionmileman
Another Greek Tragedy, "Acropolis Now!" Socialism will last until the last person paying taxes runs out of money.
17:02 May 7, 2010 by Re-Horakhyt...the second coming
Ahhhhhh!!! No one cares outside of the UK.....The UK is a marginal country at best.......The age of Empire was fast and quck and will be forgotten as will people who started the paper tiger,
20:55 May 7, 2010 by Sheena
The one true test of how successful an empire has or has not been is the adoption of language and by implication, culture contained therein - English has spread all over the world to be the one truly dominant, multi-national language. I doubt the paper tiger will ever come close to that?
21:00 May 7, 2010 by spy

Well if you read TL for UK news then you are the muppet.
21:18 May 7, 2010 by misssh
NO I just read the local and enjoy that we have a Swedish paper in English and not fricken complain about every article they write!!

Here is a idea........ start your own paper if you don´t like what they report MUPPET!!!
03:25 May 8, 2010 by Davey-jo
"which would enable the tough measures that the British economy and the British people need"

We need tough measures? Says who?

The bankers who singularly failed to live up their usual high levels of efficient profit taking from the workers of the world.

Capitalists seems to be getting away with murder once again. They mess up your lives ; ruin your expectations and you let them put the blame on you. Are you dumb or what?

All countries should default on their debts and let the bankers sweat it out. Let the rich take the blame for once. Burn the banks.
10:16 May 8, 2010 by Marc the Texan
I'm sure there are lots of cynics out there, but I think Cameron will be able to form a government and really get Britain on the right track. I really hate the anti-UK muppets that pop up just as often as the anti-American ones. Britain is still a leader in the world and reports of its demise have been greatly exaggerated. Just as an aside, I hope the first act of a Cameron government is to upgrade all separate hot and cold taps to combined hot and cold nationwide, and furthermore to ban separate hot and cold taps throughout Britain.
18:35 May 8, 2010 by Kevin Harris
#Re-Horakhyt...the second coming

What language did you write in, and why do you think that is?
Today's headlines
Refugee crisis
Asylum requests in Sweden down by 70 percent
Sweden's migration minister Morgan Johansson. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

Sweden received 70 percent fewer requests for asylum in the period between January and September 2016 than it did during the same time last year, the country’s justice and migration minister Morgan Johansson has revealed.

The unique story of Stockholm's floating libraries
The Stockholm archipelago book boat. Photo: Roger Hill.

Writer Roger Hill details his journeys on the boats that carry books over Stockholm's waterways and to its most remote places.

Refugee crisis
Second Stockholm asylum centre fire in a week
The new incident follows a similar fire in Fagersjö last week (pictured). Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Police suspect arson in the blaze, as well as a similar incident which occurred last Sunday.

More misery for Ericsson as losses pile up
Ericsson interim CEO Jan Frykhammar presenting its third quarter results. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

The bad news just keeps coming from the Swedish telecoms giant.

Facebook 'sorry' for removing Swedish cancer video
A computer displaying Facebook's landing page. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

The social media giant had censored a video explaining how women should check for suspicious lumps in their breasts.

Watch this amazing footage of Sweden’s landscapes
A still from the aerial footage of Sweden. Photo: Nate Summer-Cook

The spectacular drone footage captures both Sweden's south and the opposite extreme, thousands of kilometres north.

Sweden could be allowed to keep border controls: EU
Police ID checks at Hyllie station in southern Sweden. Photo: Stig-Åke Jönsson/TT

Sweden could be allowed to keep ID controls on its border with Denmark beyond the current end date of November, following discussions among EU leaders in Brussels last night.

Why women in Sweden will work for free by November
File photo of a woman working in a Swedish office. Photo: Anders Willund/TT

A new study into the gender pay gap suggests Sweden still has some work to do.

Look familiar? Meet your jawbone's ancestor
Thank God for evolution, eh?

There's something fishy about the human jawbone – it has its origins in the placodermi, a jowly species of fish that lived 400 million years ago, Swedish and Chinese researchers say.

Isis claims unremarked arson attack in Malmö
The arson attack took place on Norra Grängesbergsgatan in Malmö. File photo: Emil Langvad/TT

An arson attack in Malmö that caused only minor damage and was barely reported in the media has been claimed by terror group Isis.

Sponsored Article
This is Malmö: Football capital of Sweden
Fury at plans that 'threaten the IB's survival' in Sweden
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
Here's where it could snow in central Sweden this weekend
Analysis & Opinion
Are we just going to let half the country die?
Blog updates

6 October

10 useful hjälpverb (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! I think the so-called “hjalpverb” (auxiliary verbs in English) are a good way to get…" READ »


8 July

Editor’s blog, July 8th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hej readers, It has, as always, been a bizarre, serious and hilarious week in Sweden. You…" READ »

Sponsored Article
7 reasons you should join Sweden's 'a-kassa'
Angry elk chases Swede up a lamp post
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
The Local Voices
'Alienation in Sweden feels better: I find myself a stranger among scores of aliens'
People-watching: October 20th
The Local Voices
A layover at Qatar airport brought this Swedish-Kenyan couple together - now they're heading for marriage
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Swede punches clown that scared his grandmother
Sponsored Article
Swedish for programmers: 'It changed my life'
Fans throw flares and enter pitch in Swedish football riot
Could Swedish blood test solve 'Making a Murderer'?
Sponsored Article
Top 7 tips to help you learn Swedish
Property of the week: Linnéstaden, Gothenburg
Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
Swedish school to build gender neutral changing room
People-watching: October 14th-16th
Sponsored Article
'There was no future for me in Turkey'
Man in Sweden assaulted by clowns with broken bottle
Sponsored Article
‘Extremism can't be defeated on the battlefield alone’
Nobel Prize 2016: Literature
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Watch the man who discovered Bob Dylan react to his Nobel Prize win
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Record numbers emigrating from Sweden
Sponsored Article
'There was no future for me in Turkey'
People-watching: October 12th
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
The Local Voices
'Swedish startups should embrace newcomers' talents - there's nothing to fear'
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
How far right are the Sweden Democrats?
Property of the week: Triangeln, Malmö
Sweden unveils Europe's first elk hut
People-watching: October 7th-9th
The Local Voices
Syria's White Helmets: The Nobel Peace Prize would have meant a lot, but pulling a child from rubble is the greatest reward
Missing rune stone turns up in Sweden
Nobel Prize 2016: Chemistry
jobs available