As party secretary Sofia Arkelsten is the top officer of the Moderate party, led by Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt

Sofia Arkelsten quits boardroom job

The party secretary of the conservative Moderates, Sofia Arkelsten, has left her post on the board of the consulting engineering company Sweco, after questions from journalists.

This comes after Arkelsten's trip to South Africa - which was paid for by oil company Shell - came in for debate and criticism.

And tabloid Aftonbladet has published details of other trips that the Moderate party secretary took that were paid for by private organisations - a study trip in October 2008 to a nuclear power station in Finland, paid for by the 'Forum for energy', and a trip to Tanzania in February 2007 that was paid for by the RFSU, the Swedish association for sexual education.

The national anti-corruption unit is currently looking into the circumstances around the Shell trip two years ago.

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