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Local Moderates open to cooperation with Sweden Democrats

Published fredag 31 oktober 2014 kl 16.18
Vingåker is about a hundred kilometres to the south-west of Stockholm. Photo: Katarina Larsson/Sveriges Radio.

Despite all parties saying they will shut out the xenophobic Sweden Democrat party, some locals with the conservative Moderate Party are willing to cooperate on some issues.

The national leadership of the Moderate Party has been clear they will not support the Sweden Democrats.

But in central Sweden's Vingåker municipality the local party says they cannot ignore a party that took 17 percent of the votes locally.

The split council there has meant the Social Democrats, Greens and Left Party were about to form a government. But the centre-right Alliance now see they can rule as long as they get tacit support from the Sweden Democrats.

Moderate Timo Granetin says to Swedish Radio he will not work with the xenophobes on their radical policies, rather form a cooperation agreement for issues like public services - which the Left Party want to be run as non-profits.

During the last eight years the Sweden Democrats voted overwhelmingly with the centre-right in the national parliament on issues such as tax cuts. But no party wants to officially cooperate with them because of their roots in white power and extreme right groups.

Top Sweden Democrat Rihcard Jomshof has said to Radio Sweden his party has constant but secret talks with mainstream politicians And in the southern municipality of Vellinge another leader of the conservative Moderates says it is time to think about letting the Sweden Democrats in.

Prominent Moderate Lars-Ingvar Ljungman says to Swedish TV news he cannot ignore a party that took a quarter of the votes overall, in his southern county of Skåne.

The central moderate leadership says to Swedish TV they stand by their policy of no cooperation with the Sweden Democrats.

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