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Brains behind Moderates' success steps down

TT/The Local · 1 Oct 2010, 10:52

Published: 01 Oct 2010 09:24 GMT+02:00
Updated: 01 Oct 2010 10:52 GMT+02:00

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Arkelsten has been a member of parliament since 2007 and has served as the party's environment policy spokesperson.

"We can be a bigger, broader and sharper party," said Sofia Arkelsten in a press conference with Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Friday.

The renewal of the new Moderates will continue, Arkelsten stated.

"Without change we are not relevant," she said.

33-year-old Arkelsten is the first woman to fill the post of party secretary for the Moderates and she will be joined by Gunilla Sjöberg in a new post of assistant party secretary.

Sjöberg is 49-years-old and has worked for the Moderates since 1989, primarily with opinion analysis, and has since 2007 been the head of the party's field organisation.

At the press conference on Friday Fredrik Reinfeldt identified several areas in which the party plans to develop under the new party secretary, with one challenge being to attract more young voters.

"In this area there is a great deal for the Moderates to think over," he said.

The Moderates also plan to grow among the employed.

"We can develop even more among public sector employees," Reinfeldt said.

Reinfeldt was unwilling to divulge what the next career step could be for Per Schlingmann.

"He has other things to do, but I am not going to say what that is today."

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Per Schlingmann, who turns 40 in a few weeks, served previously as the party secretary for MUF, the Moderates’ youth wing, as well as the Moderate Party’s head of communications.

He became Moderate party secretary in September 2006, taking over from Sven Otto Littorin, who went on to become the employment minister in the first Alliance government.

Schlingmann is credited with coining the term “New Moderates”, which was meant to capture the party’s shift to the centre ahead of the 2006 election campaign.

He also came up with the slogan “The only workers’ party”, which the Moderates employed during their 2010 election campaign to reference what the party had previously termed “pro-employment policies”, much to the frustration of the Moderates’ rivals on the left.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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12:35 October 1, 2010 by glamelixir
Basically he was the creator of the two biggest lies about the Moderaterna. hahaha.
15:13 October 1, 2010 by Sam1
They can grow by means of making people think they can get them rich, in a society of big Controversy between rich and poor, its like an army general winning some of his soldier by promising them bonus while the other die at war.

They promise the employed to get rich by reducing tax, but the health care becomes worse and since they dont spend tax on hospitals and pensionaire and children, more poverty and disease is prevailed in society prostitution and low quality of life, selling of drugs and so on.. Because the sick gets sicker and the poor gets poorer and soon the goverment is fallen into a deep pit..that they cannot come up again and sweden loses its name to be a country with a great wellfare...it will be like any other third world country, no security and lots of injustice...those sick who could be treated early with little behandling, now need big operations that cost the gov, who wants to save money by reducing docs and services... Moderates is USA...a country that lives on Porn illigal drugs from afghanistan and Petrol from invaded countries
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