Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson (Moderates) has confidence in his State Secretary, although he has lied to the police about his eel poaching.

"It was very stupid", says Kristersson to SVT.

"But I don't think that makes him unfit for an important task in Swedish politics."

Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson (M) has confidence in PM Nilsson. Archive image.
Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson (M) has confidence in P.M. Nilsson. Archive image.

The opposition demands that Ulf Kristersson's state secretary P.M. Nilsson resign because of the turmoil surrounding his eel fishing that took place a year and a half ago.

In an interview on SVT's Morgonstudion, Ulf Kristersson says that P.M. Nilsson told him about the incident in a conversation they had before Nilson was appointed State Secretary in October last year.

"I thought it was really stupid, and he agrees with that", says Ulf Kristersson.

P.M. Nilsson is also reported to have said that he thought the matter was settled because he had not heard anything more about it.

But when contacted by the police two months later, Nilsson repeated the lie that the Russian shirts were not his. A few days later, he changed his mind, contacted the police and was given an injunction.

"People sometimes commit foolishness, it was good that he said as it was. Then it was stupid that he didn't speak the truth right away to the police", says Kristersson.

The Prime Minister does not believe that the lies are so serious that Nilsson should resign.

"This is compensated for to a fairly good extent by the fact that he then came back voluntarily and told the truth and took the daily fines that this led to. So I think that overall he has acted in a way that is acceptable", says Kristersson.

"I don't think it's a reasonable consequence. He has committed errors, he takes responsibility for them", he has said as it was in advance – I knew about this – I have confidence in him. It won't happen again.

Facts: P.M. Nilsson

The journalist P.M. Nilsson, or Peter Magnus Nilsson, was born in 1968 in Lund. He has worked for the newspaper Blekinge LΓ€ns Tidning before he started working for Expressen from the beginning of the 1990s. In 1999 he was appointed head of the magazine's liberal leadership side.

In 2007 P.M. Nilsson started the debate site Newsmill, where he was CEO and responsible publisher until October 2012. In 2013 he took up his position as political editor at Dagens Industri.

During his time at DI, P.M. Nilsson has pushed the line that the Swedish Democrats should not be isolated in the Riksdag and he welcomed Ebba Busch's message in 2019 when she opened to negotiate with Swedish Democrats.

On 22 October, P.M. Nilsson was recruited by the new Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson (Moderates) as Secretary of State.

Source: Government, DI