Swedish Christian Democrats’ leader, Göran Hägglund, is accustomed to speaking in Folkets Hus in Stockholm.
In April 2004, he succeeded Alf Svensson at the extra congress that was held there; the party’s campaign kick-off was held in Folkets Hus in September 2005; and in January, 2006 the Swedish Christian Democrats’ conference for local and regional representatives was held in the Congress Room.
In election year 2006, 1,219 local and regional politicians met to discuss current and strategic issues for the party’s work at local level. “A very successful event,” says political secretary Tommy Bernevång- Forsberg.
“The whole arrangement was great, and I only heard positive feedback,” he says. “I even got a standing ovation. In other words, it was perfect. This was the eighth time in a row that we’ve arranged this conference. We try to raise the bar every time, and this was the most successful event so far.”
Tommy Bernevång-Forsberg adds that filling all of the seats in the Congress Room was a challenge.
“But we didn’t want our Göran to have fewer listeners than Social Democrat Göran. That spurred us on.”