The Sweden Democrats are projected to take as much as 23.9 per cent of the vote in the next general election in September as other parties are losing their support to the right-wing party.
Moderate Party leader Anna Kinberg Batra, who’s party is one of the four parties making up the centre-right political alliance in Sweden, argued discontent with the current government was alienating the electorate.
Ms Batra was quizzed on SVT’s Agenda programme on Sunday evening: “How do you explain that you are still losing voters to the Sweden Democrats despite [the Moderate Party] tightening its refugee policy and opening the door to the Sweden Democrats?"
To which she said: “A lot of the discontent I think is with Stefan Löfven, the government… [Those voters] have gone to the Sweden Democrats and have not been caught by us and the alliance.
Anna Kinberg Batra suggested her party was losing votes because of discontent with the government
“[Those voters have] moved between the alliance parties, but the entire alliance has not won the trust I believe we deserve.
“And so we must do the job and show what [our] politics stand for. Sweden needs a new alliance government.”
A YouGov poll showed nearly a quarter of voters say they said they would vote for the Sweden Democrats if an election were held now, meaning its support is at nearly double the level during 2014 general election.
The poll gave the Sweden Democrats 23.9 per cent of support, in the lead ahead of the governing Social Democrats on 22 per cent of support.
A lot of the discontent I think is with Stefan Löfven, the government…
Anna Kinberg Batra
Meanwhile a poll by Novus, the Sweden Democrats received 19.2 per cent, up from 18.5 per cent a month ago.
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Ms Batra sent shockwaves through the political establishment in January as she announced she could consider an alliance with the Sweden Democrats.
An alliance between the MD and the SD, under the leadership of Jimmie Åkesson, could see them topple the Social Democrats’ coalition government.
Ms Batra said: "In questions where there are the conditions for agreement, I do not think we should exclude building a majority with the Sweden Democrats.
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Continued cooperation with the EU to tackle terrorism and international crime.
"But again, I do not want to begin talks on forming a government… or budget negotiations.”
Adding the expenditure ceiling of one per cent GDP should remain once Britain exits the bloc, the PM said: “We need a modern and efficient EU budget in the future.
“Where the money goes to the right things and where there are consequences for not taking responsibilities and following the EU’s decisions.”
Mr Löfven said when Britain leaves the EU, the bloc would lose one of its major contributors and it would have a large impact on future budgets.