SVT Nyheter was able to report on Thursday that the Moderates' internal investigation routines of six accused party members are criticized for being surrounded by "culture of silence and brother-in-law politics".

Several women, with whom SVT Nyheter has spoken, testify about shortcomings and difficulties in gaining insight into the internal work around the former top moderate Torbjörn Tegnhammar in Skåne, who recently resigned after reporting to the police for sexual harassment.

Now the Moderates are commenting on the information.

"People's experience of the process, information and feedback is very important and it is something that we continuously need to evaluate and work with," says the Moderates' head of organization Karin Juhlin, in a written comment.

"Handles investigations quickly"

The women SVT has spoken to also criticize the investigation work in the case of Torbjörn Tegnhammar for dragging out the time.

They now want to see a change in how future investigations are conducted.

“We handle investigations quickly, but it is also important that they are done carefully.

I fully understand that there may be those concerned who may feel frustrated that it is not going faster, but it is also important that time is given for us to be able to talk respectfully with everyone who makes contact and with other people who can contribute relevant information ", says Karin Juhlin, and emphasizes that the party itself does not conduct legal investigations.

Planning to update ethical policy

According to Karin Juhlin, the issues are important for the party, which in 2017 resulted in the party's own value-based initiative M2 being launched.

Next, a proposal, which is currently being evaluated, is expected to be submitted to set up a whistleblower function.

"At the party meeting this autumn, the party board will also present proposals for an updated ethical policy and that a gender equality report will be presented at each meeting in the future," says Karin Juhlin.

"These are important issues for the Moderates, and we welcome critical views and suggestions for improvement."

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