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Sweden Democrats suffer municipal exodus

TT/The Local/pvs · 10 Feb 2011, 08:48

Published: 10 Feb 2011 08:48 GMT+01:00

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According to election authority statistics 87 SD politicians have withdrawn from their posts in Sweden's municipalities since the election, accounting for 13 percent of the party's representatives.

Among Sweden's other parties the equivalent figure amounts to only 2-3 percent.

The most common reasons cited for the resignations are "lack of time" and "personal reasons".

SD political secretary, Therese Borg, conceded that the party has experienced significant problems in filling and maintaining seats.

"There have been various reasons. Some we know have not had the time. Others have said lack of time or personal reasons, but we know that there have been various underlying pressures," she said to Ekot.

A former SD Eskilstuna councillor told Ekot that phone calls during the night and that "some find it hard to look you in the eyes" had an affect on his decision to resign his post.

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Anders Sannerstedt, a senior lecturer in political science at Lund University however told Ekot that the phenomenon is not usual among smaller, newer parties.

"You can see this in the local parties as well, for example. We saw it very clearly with New Democracy," he said, referring to the anti-immigrant party which was represented in Sweden's Riksdag 1991-1994.

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Your comments about this article

10:39 February 10, 2011 by UScitizen
First a story saying Sweden imports trash, now trash is exiting!
14:14 February 10, 2011 by prince T
SD members are a group of incompetent lucky racists. They are voted in because of their hatred for foreigners. så enkelt är det. I am not suprised that many are finding the job difficult now. Åkesson the other time messed up big time on BBC Hard Talk. He lacks depth and I fear if someone like him could accidentally become a Prime Minister.
15:13 February 10, 2011 by jeffi_in_denmark
Sgouldn't the number "400" draw more attention to an electoral system badly in need of overhaul? Really... are that many elected officials actually needed to run a country the size of Sweden?
15:21 February 10, 2011 by Nemesis
Any chance to mention the Sweden Democrats.
15:22 February 10, 2011 by Grindsprint
@jeffi_in_denmark The article talks about elected municipality politicians, and if you have 270 municipalities or what this country has, I don´t think 400 sounds like that many..
21:25 February 10, 2011 by iammucow
I don't think this is any kind of sign that SD is in trouble, it's a problem any new party would have. Most members are political newcomers and once they get into it, the excitement for them wears off. Also, they got more seats than it was possible for them to fill with firm and professional supporters, so many are less than dedicated to the job.
01:42 February 11, 2011 by Buccaneer
It is no surprise that they are jumping ship. It is very difficult to be dedicated to the ''goals'' of a group like SD when your fellow citizens find it hard to look you in the eyes. It is natural for people to see you for what you are and try as much as they could not to look you in eyes. Who wants to look into a dark soul,

afterall the eyes are the window to the soul.

''A former SD Eskilstuna councillor told Ekot that phone calls during the night and that "some find it hard to look you in the eyes" had an affect on his decision to resign his post''.

It would also be difficult for the likes of SD to attract capable and respectable citizens.
15:43 February 11, 2011 by Great Scott
Most Swedes believe anything they read, will someone tell The Local that most of their readers are not Swedes and don't believe most of what is written.
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