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Moderate Party Leadership Criticises Vellinge Moderates

Published söndag 15 november 2009 kl 12.05
Moderate Party Chairman Per Schlingman

Moderate Party secretary Per Schlingman has today (Sunday) expressed his displeasure at the actions and comments by some Moderate party members of Vellinge Council in the South West of Sweden who vocally opposed the use of a former youth hostel in the area as a home for refugee children.

In a letter sent to party members all over the country, but aimed squarely at Vellinge County councillor and Skåne party chairman Lars-Ingvar Ljungman and his colleagues , Schlingman wrote, "I consider several of the comments to be inappropriate."

Ljungman had spoken out and opposed Malmö County Council's decision to use the former youth hostel as a refuge for boys from Afghanistan and Somalia. The first of 30 refugees arrived through the back door on Thursday evening.

The media were in attendance outside the home on Saturday following internet reports of a demonstration taking place that day. However no demonstration took place.

Also on Saturday, Moderate members of the party in the region of Skåne where Ljungman is chairman, moved to distance themselves from the stance taken in Vellinge. Vice-party chair Pia Kinhult said that she and her colleagues dissassociated themselves from the statements and policy carried out by the Vellinge Moderates.

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