Alliance to fight snap election with new manifesto
The Alliance parties will not go to the polls next March on the same manifesto as the recent election in September in which it lost.
The four centre-right parties of the Alliance will enter into tough negotiations over what issues to prioritise in its election manifesto for March 2015.
The Liberal Party leader Jan Björklund, tells Swedish Radio that the Alliance's manifesto for the September election was all about the 2015 state budget, which got voted through parliament this month and resulted in the call for a snap election by the minority red-green government. For Björklund the focus should now switch to other issues, such as NATO membership which his party is in favour of and the other three parties of the Alliance are against.
"Obviously, the Liberal Party wants to push the issues that we think are important in the election manifesto, for example, a Swedish NATO accession," he says.
You will do that in the negotiations?
"Yes, it is obvious that we did in the autumn as well."
The Centre Party will try and get agreement on their target of 70 percent renewable energy by 2030, which they did not manage to get included in September's election joint manifesto.
"We'll see exactly how to formulate the two election manifestos (the party's and the Alliance), but we will push for more renewables both within the Alliance and in our own election manifesto," says Michael Arthursson, Centre Party secretary.
Voices within the Alliance, especially from some local politicians, have begun to demand a revision of immigration and integration policies, after the Sweden Democrats' success in the September election. Some within the Liberal Party and the Moderates want to place greater demands on the new arrivals, reports Swedish Radio News, for example. But Michael Arthursson says that is not a good idea and it is better to focus on job creation.
Meanwhile, in an opinion article in Tuesday's edition of Dagens Nyheter, the Alliance party leaders of the Centre, Christian Democrats, Moderates and Liberals write that they want a change to the constitutional law to avoid the recent situation in which the Sweden Democrats were able to bring down the government by voting with the opposition budget. They say it needs to be easier for minority governments to get their budgets through parliament.