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UPDATE 1-VW denies Qatar talks sought to curb labour role

BERLIN Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) has denied a report saying its chief executive and chairman were urged on Sunday by its third-largest shareholder to decrease the influence of VW’s strong unions as it battles to overcome its emissions scandal.

CEO Matthias Mueller and Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch met with leaders of the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) in Doha on Sunday to talk about the state of investigations into its cheating of emissions tests, as nicely as VW’s new organization structure and future company focus, two individuals familiar with the matter stated.

Germany’s Bild am Sonntag newspaper, without having citing sources, said earlier the QIA would use the meeting to demand a scaling back of the role of VW’s works council.

The council, whose representatives hold as a lot of seats on the company’s 20-member supervisory board as shareholders, has long wielded a excellent influence at the German organization and has headed off price cuts in the previous.

“Co-determination (joint decision-generating by corporate and labor representatives) and the (role of the) functions council have been not on the agenda of the talks,” stated a VW spokesman, who earlier described Mueller’s visit to Qatar as communicating with “an essential companion.”

The QIA, which holds a 17 percent stake in Europe’s largest automaker, declined to comment, as did VW’s performs council.

The emissions scandal has wiped billions off VW’s stock industry worth and Mueller has stated the firm will have to make massive cuts to meet a bill which analysts say could top 40 billion euros ($ 44 billion) for fines, lawsuits and vehicle refits.

VW’s supervisory board, which contains two members from the QIA, will hold an out-of-sequence meeting on Dec. 9 to go over the state of investigations as well as luxury division Audi, exactly where three. liter V6 diesel engines had been also equipped with illegal emissions-handle computer software.

Mueller, who is due to publish intermediate outcomes from VW’s probe into the scandal on Dec. ten, has been pushing a corporate overhaul at VW since taking workplace on Sept. 25.

He is aiming to cede far more energy from VW’s Wolfsburg corporate headquarters to brands and regional divisions, desires to establish a much less authoritarian style of management and expand the carmaker’s electric car offerings.

The QIA also wanted to demand a multi-billion campaign to promote electric autos in the United States to regain ground in the world’s second-greatest auto market, Bild am Sonntag stated.

(Reporting by Andreas Cremer Extra reporting by Tom Finn Editing by Mark Potter)

Britain’s Labour Party battles for soul and identity

LONDON In the 1970s, a trio of socialists joined a battle to steer Britain’s Labour Celebration to the left. Within a handful of years, two of them had seized control of the council that governed London, running the capital for half a decade.

Virtually 40 years on, the very same 3 males, led by new party chief Jeremy Corbyn, are closer than ever to their objective of pushing the opposition celebration to the challenging left. But in carrying out so, they have set off an internal war which could end its chances of winning an election for years.

Two months right after 66-year-old Corbyn was elected leader on a wave of enthusiasm for modify, some Labour lawmakers closer to the center are rebelling openly over his stand on vexed queries such as how to tackle terrorism and no matter whether Britain ought to bomb Syria.

With slurs and accusations flying on each sides, the battle for the soul of the Labour Celebration is turning nasty.

Alongside Corbyn stand two old friends and colleagues who type the rest of the trio: Labour’s finance spokesman in parliament, John McDonnell, and Ken Livingstone, who led the now-defunct Higher London Council (GLC) and later served as the capital’s mayor.

Livingstone says he has noticed it all ahead of, not least when he became GLC leader in 1981. “I am watching what is happening to Jeremy and it reminds me of what I went through in ’81. I was depicted as a pro-terrorist, an agent of the Soviet Union,” stated the 70-year-old, nicknamed “Red Ken” at the time.

“But like me, Jeremy’s not providing in to this and he’s not altering his policies simply because of these lies,” he told Reuters at his terraced residence in northwest London. “It is really nasty, but he’s got 4-and-a-half years just before the subsequent election to turn this around and I believe he will.”

Corbyn might not get that lengthy – rumors of plots to oust him are rife – but Livingstone and McDonnell are battling to shield him.

The 3 have worked collectively considering that the early 1970s, “generally on the identical side on virtually each and every issue”, said Livingstone. In the mid ’70s, he stated, they set up campaigns to get much more socialists onto nearby councils.

Whilst Livingstone led the GLC, McDonnell was the council’s finance chief, although their rule ended in 1986 when the Conservative government of Margaret Thatcher abolished the body. Corbyn, meanwhile, headed to parliament, campaigning from the left although voters consigned Labour to opposition for virtually two decades.

In 1997, Tony Blair finally won a landslide election victory for “New Labour”, but only following steering the celebration away from its trade union roots. There was now small area for the three leftists.

Blair even expelled Livingstone from the celebration for operating for mayor of London as an independent in 2000, an election he won. Blair deemed him as well left wing to represent Labour, though he was eventually let back into the party.

Now the pendulum has swung once more Corbyn and his supporters have moved quickly to break what they get in touch with the best-down tyranny of New Labour to return “democracy” to the celebration. Whilst no longer a lawmaker, Livingstone has been appointed by Corbyn as the joint head of a committee reviewing party policy on renewing the submarines which carry Britain’s nuclear weapons.

“OLD College”

The trio are “old-college” campaigners Livingstone describes discovering a leaflet whilst “shuffling by means of papers” from 1980 when he and Corbyn have been the speakers at a rally intended to help make the GLC socialist.

Livingstone admires what he calls Corbyn’s honesty, 1 of the reasons cited by many of the mainly young new Labour members and supporters who backed his leadership campaign. Several also saw him as the only alternative to the party “establishment”.

But other folks, such as several of Corbyn’s personal lawmakers, see his refusal to compromise on his socialist principles as a issue and do not trust his closest allies.

Corbyn was elected on Sept. 12 following former leader Ed Miliband’s attempt to fuse centrism with a more left-wing doctrine failed to convince voters in last May’s election. Many did not trust Labour to run the economy well, while the legacy of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, backed by Blair’s government, also weighed heavily.

The party was currently split when some lawmakers reluctantly nominated Corbyn for the leadership after facing what one particular senior Labour member described as an awful selection of candidates.

Beginning as a rank outsider, Corbyn not only won the votes of the leftist old guard but captured the mood of younger members with his opposition to the Conservative government’s austerity measures to remove a big budget deficit.

Some senior party members refused to operate with Corbyn but other folks decided to give him a chance when he brought moderates as nicely as more natural allies into his shadow cabinet, whose members hold portfolios mirroring those of the government.

But Corbyn then moved to tighten his control over the celebration by bringing in new advisers, endorsing a campaign to get leftists onto local councils and sticking closely to his principles, like an anti-war stance. Some much more mainstream Labour lawmakers, wary of public opinion, became increasingly vital.


Social media has turn out to be the forum for usually vicious spats, and the Labour Celebration appears at war with itself.

Following the Paris bloodbath on Nov. 13 claimed by Islamic State, Corbyn questioned the “shoot-to-kill” policy of British police in tackling such attacks. One particular lawmaker who criticized his comments was told to “get behind the leader or kindly go”.

It is not an isolated case.

Several lawmakers mentioned they have had to distance themselves from his stance on the “shoot-to-kill” policy, his opposition to joining air strikes against Islamic State in Syria and his statement that if prime minister he would never use nuclear weapons. This, they mentioned, was to persuade voters that Labour would keep the nation safe.

Some were branded Tories, or Conservatives. Others feared they would be hounded out of their jobs.

McDonnell, 64, has also ruffled feathers amongst centrists, notably when he brandished a copy of Chairman Mao Zedong’s Small Red Book – a collection of the Chinese communist leader’s thoughts – in parliament.

Livingstone himself prompted outrage when he responded to a lawmaker’s criticism of his appointment to the defense review by suggesting he necessary “psychiatric assist”. The lawmaker had a history of depression and Livingstone was forced to apologize.

Richard Angell, director of Progress, a group of Labour “modernisers” which has been touring the nation to gauge public feeling, says Corbyn has alienated centrist members by surrounding himself with leftists. “His controversial appointments are of men and women far more enthusiastic about his leadership than even he may possibly be,” Angell told Reuters.


Livingstone points out that Corbyn has sturdy assistance among party members who now quantity much more than 380,000, up from about 270,000 in August and close to the much more than 400,000 figure when Blair was elected in 1997.

He condemns the attacks on Corbyn as disloyal and blames a hostile media owned by “corrupt, tax-dodging billionaires” for demonizing the Labour leader.

With control more than significantly of the party’s apparatus, the leftists are also attempting to increase their wider appeal by means of a group referred to as Momentum.

Some Labour lawmakers say Momentum is “a party inside the celebration” and portray it as tiny more than a lynch mob to get rid of moderate parliamentarians. Momentum denies this.

Its aim is “to open up the Labour Celebration to make it far more like a social movement” creating what a single organizer, 28-year-old James Schneider, calls “a a lot more democratic and equal society”.

An opinion poll this month by YouGov analysis group for the Instances newspaper showed 66 % of Labour members believed Corbyn was doing well. Nonetheless, a ComRes poll showed the common public was now much more than twice as probably to say they have an unfavorable view of Corbyn as favorable.

For John Mills, a Labour donor and businessman, there needs to be “some sort of synthesis” of the idealism of Corbyn and “the pragmatism and expertise” of the Labour correct to take the celebration forward and end the Conservatives’ grip on power.

“In the end the Labour Party will reorganize itself,” he mentioned. “No, I never think it’s dead.”

(editing by David Stamp)

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Senior Labour members may quit over Syria action: BBC

LONDON Many senior members of Britain’s major opposition Labour Celebration might resign if they are forced to vote in line with their leader’s view that the nation should not extend air strikes to Syria, the BBC reported on Friday.

The BBC stated an unnamed member of Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘shadow cabinet’, the physique whose members stick to portfolios mirroring these of the government, had warned people could quit after the Labour leader said he could not help the government’s case for bombing Islamic State militants in Syria.

On Thursday, Prime Minister David Cameron stated it was time to join air strikes against militants in Syria due to the fact Britain can not “subcontract its security to other nations” and urged lawmakers to give their support for military action.

After losing a vote in parliament on strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in 2013, Cameron have to convince some members of his Conservative Party and some Labour lawmakers that a bombing campaign was necessary.

Corbyn, a veteran anti-war campaigner, wrote to his lawmakers late on Thursday to say Cameron had not produced a convincing case and he could not assistance action — a viewpoint not shared by many of his shadow cabinet.

(Reporting by Elizabeth Piper editing by Sarah Young)

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Agen Sabung Ayam – Jeremy Corbyn to give greater choice-making powers to Labour grassroots

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Corbyn will say the reforms, which include plans to shake up the policy making NEC, are not designed to ‘settle scores or fight sectarian battles’. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA

Jeremy Corbyn will announce that he is giving more decision-making powers to registered party supporters and introducing online ballots for members on policy, as part of a “democratic revolution” within the Labour party.

He has also ordered a review of the powers and structure of the Labour national executive, currently dominated by the left, in a move seen by his internal critics as an attempt to strengthen its policy making powers. The plans give the first indication of how Corbyn hopes to expand democracy within the party.

In a wide-ranging speech on Saturday covering the economy and foreign policy, Corbyn will say the reforms “are not designed to settle political scores or fight sectarian battles”. He will say in a speech to the Labour south west region: “It’s about being open to the people we seek to represent; giving them a voice through our organisation and policy-making, and drawing members into political action.

“Why not give members the chance to take part in indicative online ballots on policy in between annual conferences – and give our grassroots members and supporters a real say?”

He describes the changes as a democratic revolution in the party “opening up decision-making to the hundreds of thousands of new members and supporters that have joined us since May”. But there will be alarm among some Labour MPs and party members at Corbyn’s plans to give registered supporters paying £3 a regular direct say on policy issues that could be equivalent to full party members.

Nearly 84% of 100,000 non-party members that paid £3 to vote in the leadership election voted for Corbyn. It is not known how many have now joined the party as full members.

The remarks trailed by his office do not make reference to either the plan to shake up the national executive, or to the future status of the national policy forum, the elected body that decides major policy statements for party conference.

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The unions control half the vote at party conference, but do not have the same level of influence over the policy forum, which is elected from all wings of the party. The review of the powers and governance structure of the NEC was agreed at an away-day and promoted most strongly by those on the left.

NEC members have now been asked “to feed in ideas and suggestions as to how the national executive can govern better and what structures are required with any proposed changes being brought to the national executive”.

Advocates of the changes argue the NEC was once the supreme body of the party with a central role on policy making, but its status was downgraded to a largely administrative one by Tony Blair. Corbyn’s supporters argue much of its policy making role was transferred to the leader’s office or to the national policy forum, an elected body drawn from all wings of the party that oversees policy on a regular cycle.

His speech will also call for an end to police cuts, an independent foreign policy in which war is the last resort and will urge Labour to resist Tory calls for patriotism as the party of hedge funds, bankers and the 1%.

He will claim Labour “stands for this country’s greatest traditions: the suffragettes and the trade unions; the Britain of Mary Wollstonecraft, Shelley, Alan Turing and the Beatles – and perhaps our finest Olympian Mo Farah – the working people of this country who fought fascism, built the welfare state and turned this land into an industrial powerhouse.”

He will say: “The Tories won in May on their lowest ever share of the vote to deliver a parliamentary majority; just 37 % of those who voted and less than a quarter of those eligible. That’s no landslide in anyone’s book. But Labour failed to win back the economic credibility lost in the financial crash of 2008 or convince potential supporters we offered a genuine alternative.”

He will urge the party to focus “everything on the interests, aspirations and needs of middle and lower income voters”.