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M-politician faces expulsion after twitter rant

Published fredag 14 februari 2014 kl 19.10
Björn Schaerström .Photo:SVT

A local politician for the Moderates is threatened with expulsion from the party for his "inappropriate" views expressed on twitter about immigration, and his own party in government, in which he called prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt "a blind goose", writes Dagens Nyheter.

Björn Schaerström, who represents the conservative-Moderate Party on Vallentuna council in Stockholm County, tweeted his views on Friday in response to the on-going debate regarding Swedish Radio's policy of impartiality during the election period. Swedish Radio has been strongly criticised, especially in social media, after stand-up comedian Soran Ismail agreed to take a "timeout" from his job as radio show side-kick up until after the general election in September. Soran Ismail is a vocal anti-racist and critic of the xenophobic Sweden Democrat Party. 

Björn Schaerström tweeted:"Hej, Zoran Ismail! We immigration critics are not against immigration or immigrants! BUT WE WILL NOT *** PROVIDE FOR THEM! " tweeted the City Councillor.

"This will be handled promptly. The board of Stockholm County will as soon as possible send a petition to the party executive, which in turn takes the final decision," says Elisabeth Somp, Director of Communications at the Moderate Party in Stockholm County, to DN.

Björn Schaerström told DN that he stood by his comments on immigration. He said:"Anyone can come here and contribute. But I'm not going to pay for it. Sweden cannot help everyone in the world."

He criticised his own party for having, in his opinion, "given up so many moderate positions. They have sold us out on the right flank. Unfortunately, that puts us who are critical of immigration, but do not like the Sweden Democrats' nationalism, with no place to go," he told DN. 

He called Sweden's prime minister and the leader of the Moderate Party, "a blind goose".

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