Sara Skyttedal

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Sara Skyttedal
Skyttedal in November 2016
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
2 July 2019
ConstituencySweden
Personal details
Born
Sara Magdalena Skyttedal

(1986-08-06) 6 August 1986 (age 37)
Tyresö, Sweden
Political partyFolklistan (2024–)
Other political
affiliations
Christian Democrats (2002–2024)
Independent (2024)
Children2
Alma materStockholm University

Sara Magdalena Skyttedal (born 6 August 1986) is a Swedish politician previously of the Christian Democrats party. She was elected Member of the European Parliament in the 2019 European Parliament election in Sweden.[1]

Between 2013 and 2016, she chaired the Young Christian Democrats. From 2016 to 2019, she was a municipal commissioner for Linköping.

Early life and education[edit]

Skyttedal studied political science, political economy and history science at Stockholm University.[2] She has also studied rhetoric, Swedish language and law.[3] Skyttedal participated in the beauty pageant Miss Sweden in 2006,[4] where she made the Top 15 in the final. It was her fiancé who had sent in an application for her to compete.[5]

Political career[edit]

Career in national politics[edit]

In September 2002, Skyttedal became a member of the Young Christian Democrats.[6] Since then, she was chairperson of the Haninge constituance for the party, and ombudsman for district group in Stockholm's municipality.[5] She was also district director for the Christian Democrats for Stockholm and vice chairperson for the party in Haninge.[7]

Skyttedal has a background in municipality politics for Haninge, until 2010 she was first vice chairperson in the adult education and high school board and as well as juryman in Södertörn's court.[8]

At the 2010 general elections in Sweden, she was a replacement at the Haninge City council, a job she was released from in early 2011 when she moved from the municipality.[6] At the 2009 and 2014 elections for the European parliament, Skyttedal was a candidate for her party.[9][10] At the 2010 general elections she became candidate for the municipality elections in Stockholm.[11] She has also resided in Växjö and was part of the 2014 general election for the Kronoberg constituency.[6]

Skyttedal was the chairperson of Young Christian Democrats since 11 May 2013 and a member of the Christian Democrats party executive board. She was previously first vice chairperson for the Young Christian Democrats.[12] From May 2011 to May 2015, she was the vice chairperson for the Youth of the European People's Party (YEPP).[13]

In October 2015, Skyttedal became the pivotal factor in the Christian Democrats' decision to pull out of the controversial December Agreement.[14][15]

In July 2016, Skyttedal announced that she would resign as chairperson for the Young Christian Democrats at the next meeting, to be held in late 2016.[7][16] On 8 September 2016, she announced that she had gained the office of municipal commissioner in Linköping.[17] In the campaign for the September 2018 election for Linköping city hall, she made her party stand out as the most eager to lower municipal tax,[18] and gained 7.5% of the votes, which compared to 4.8% in the 2014 election was the largest increase of any party.[19]

Member of the European Parliament, 2019–2024[edit]

In 2018, Skyttedal was elected as the Christian Democrats’ leading candidate for the 2019 European elections.[20] Since becoming a Member of the European Parliament, she has been serving on the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. In this capacity, she has been leading the committee's work on reforming the European Union Emissions Trading System since 2021.[21]

In addition to her committee assignments, Skyttedal has been part of the Parliament's delegation to the Conference on the Future of Europe since 2021.[22]

Suspension then resignation from the Christian Democrats[edit]

Skyttedal was excluded from the Christian Democrats on 19 January 2024 after having offered Sweden Democrats to be a candidate for their party in the 2024 European Parliament election.[23][24] She was replaced by Alice Teodorescu Måwe.[25] Skyttedal ultimately left the Christian Democrats on 15 February.[26]

Founding of Folklistan (The People's List)[edit]

On 8 April 2024, Skyttedal and former Social Democratic politican and healthcare entrepreneur Jan Emanuel, founded Folklistan (The People's List), with the intention of running candidates for the upcoming 2024 European Parliament elections.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Skyttedal is a practising Catholic.[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Final results from European Parliament elections in Sweden" (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 21 September 2019. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Sara Skyttedal vill ge Sverige en rak höger". Dagen (in Swedish). Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Sara Skyttedal vill ge sverige en rak höger". Dagen (in Swedish). Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  4. ^ Ingen, Ingen (20 March 2006). "Växjö tjej vidare i Nya fröken Sverige". Smålandsposten (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 16 September 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Sara Skyttedal: KD måste komma ut som äkta höger". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). 27 May 2016. Archived from the original on 2 September 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  6. ^ a b c "Sara Skyttedal utsatt för sabotage i Växjö". Expressen (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 17 February 2017. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  7. ^ a b "KDU-ordföranden Sara Skyttedal avgår". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 1 September 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Kommunorganisation" (PDF) (in Swedish). Haninge Municipality. 19 May 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 November 2010.
  9. ^ "Personröster" (in Swedish). Valmyndigheten. 2009. Archived from the original on 8 June 2009. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  10. ^ Skyttedal, Sara. "Debattartikel: Låt effektivitet bli en ny ledstjärna för EU" (in Swedish). Sveriges Television. Archived from the original on 11 September 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Stockholms län - Personröster" (in Swedish). Election Authority. 2010. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Partistyrelsen" (Press release) (in Swedish). Christian Democrats. Archived from the original on 3 April 2012.
  13. ^ "Sara Skyttedal vald till vice ordförande i Yepp" (Press release) (in Swedish). Kristdemokratiska Ungdomsförbundet. Archived from the original on 16 October 2011.
  14. ^ "Fears deal collapse could spark Swedish vote". The Local. 9 October 2015. Archived from the original on 18 October 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  15. ^ "Christian Democrats reject December Agreement". Sveriges Radio. Archived from the original on 18 October 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  16. ^ Lundgren, Rasmus. "Sara Skyttedal slutar som KDU-ordförande". Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 16 August 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  17. ^ "Skyttedal om nya uppdraget: Uppenbart inte någon expert". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 8 September 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  18. ^ KD vill sänka skatten med en krona Archived 8 June 2019 at the Wayback Machine, Östgöta Correspondenten, 8 June 2017.
  19. ^ Skyttedaleffekt hos väljarna Archived 8 June 2019 at the Wayback Machine, Östgöta Correspondenten, 10 September 2018.
  20. ^ Johan Ahlander; Simon Johnson (18 January 2019). "Braving outrage, Swedish liberal Loof dumps partners to block populists". Reuters. Archived from the original on 8 June 2019.
  21. ^ Ewa Krukowska (17 September 2021). "Christian Democrats Choose Key Lawmakers on EU Carbon Reform". Bloomberg News.
  22. ^ Members of the delegation to the Conference on the Future of Europe European Parliament.
  23. ^ "Sara Skyttedal petas från KD – Alice Teodorescu Måwe nytt toppnamn på EU-listan". SVT Nyheter (in Swedish). 19 January 2024. Retrieved 22 January 2024.
  24. ^ Nordenskiöld, Tomas; Holmqvist, Anette (22 January 2024). "Åkessons sms till Busch som fällde Sara Skyttedal". Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved 22 January 2024.
  25. ^ "SD-kontakter fällde Skyttedal – ersätts av Teodorescu". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). 19 January 2024. Retrieved 24 January 2024.
  26. ^ Hyttnäs Telin, Axel (15 February 2024). "Sara Skyttedal lämnar KD och blir vilde – litar inte på Ebba Busch". Altinget (in Swedish). Retrieved 2 March 2024.
  27. ^ Nordenskiöld, Tomas; Holmqvist, Anette (2 April 2024). "Skyttedals drag – startar nytt parti". www.expressen.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 2 April 2024.
  28. ^ "Skyttedal siktar på EU-parlamentet". Corren. 2 May 2019. Archived from the original on 3 May 2019.

External links[edit]

Media related to Sara Skyttedal at Wikimedia Commons