The opposition Socialist Party favours the principle of preselecting candidates when it comes to election co-operation between left-wing forces, party leader Gyula Molnár has declared. Molnár said the co-operation should be set on new foundations, and people who want a change in government must be united. An important task for the Socialists would be to assure the electorate that the party has learnt from its own mistakes and those of others, and “does not wish to return to the world of pre-2010 at any price”. He said the party will soon cost proposals on education, health-care and poverty. The Socialists also planned a “public law package” to set out their stance on the constitution, media affairs and local councils. It was planned to extend a hand to three social groups: the unions, pensioners and women. A 19th-century attitude to family and women was “unacceptable”. Besides classic left-wing values, the Socialists also want to promote a Hungary in which freedom and the rule of law are guaranteed, Molnár said, adding that sustainable development and the politics of respect should be strengthened. He said the Socialists were in a particularly tricky situation because the ruling Fidesz party was promoting a left-wing type of populism, and this was attracting the sort of voters who even in 2010 supported the Socialist Party.