Left Party leader Jonas Sjöstedt. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

Left Party leader in profits in welfare pledge

The Left Party opened its conference in Stockholm today with leader Johan Sjöstedt using his opening speech to lay out his strategy to woo voters ahead of the election later this year. He did warn party members however to not make any decisions in congress that would jeopardize the party's chances at the ballot box.


Earlier in an interview with Swedish Radio News, Jonas Sjöstedt said that the most important question before September's election is to stop profits in welfare. He said his party was prepared to compromise in order to co-operate with the Social Democrats and the Greens to form a new government, but would not be prepared to drop its demands to stop profit-making companies operating in schools, elderly care and health care.

In his speech, the Left Party leader saved his strongest criticism for the leader of the Centre party, Annie Lööf. Jonas Sjöstedt said: "The Centre Party is the most extreme party, they want to privatize at all costs."

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