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Youth wing and local councillors "lack confidence" in Moderate leader

Updated onsdag 23 augusti 2017 kl 16.30
Published onsdag 23 augusti 2017 kl 10.07
Anna Kinberg Batra: I'm not going to step down.
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Anna Kinberg Batra says she plans to remain the Moderate Party leader.
Anna Kinberg Batra says she plans to remain the Moderate Party leader. Credit: Erik Simander/TT

The youth wing of the party, and several municipal party heads, are calling for the resignation and replacement of centre-right Moderate leader Anna Kinberg Batra.

Pehr Granfalk, the Moderate Party chair in Stockholm's Solna, told Swedish Radio that Anna Kinberg Batra should no longer lead the party.

“I do not think she has been any clearer. She has not been able to communicate the party’s policies better and that has been shown in the opinion polls so for me the trust is gone,” he said.

Another open critic is Olle Reichenberg, councillor in Stockholm's Danderyd and a Moderate core voter area. 

The Moderate Party council chair in Kävlinge, Pia Almström, agrees. She told the newspaper Dagens Industri that she is “deeply worried” and that previous attempts to change the party’s path have not produced results.

On Wednesday afternoon the chair of the party's youth wing, MUF, also announced that they lacked confidence in their leader.

This is not the first time that there have been calls to replace the Moderate Party leader. In May, Kinberg Batra had to defend her position after a number of disappointing polls for the party. She opted for a small leadership shakeup where former justice minister Beatrice Ask was removed from her responsibility for law and order issues, and was replaced by party secretary Tomas Tobé.

On Wednesday morning, Anna Kinberg Batra told the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet that she was elected to lead the party to the next election and she intends to do just that.

As of Wednesday afternoon, a large number of leading Moderate Party members in Stockholm County lack confidence in Anna Kinberg Batra as leader.

Several sources told Swedish Radio that the party’s regional board in Stockholm County as well as municipality politicians had a telephone conference today where a “clear majority” expressed their dissatisfaction with Kinberg Batra.

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