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Liberal Unionists

or Tory Democrats. Those Conservatives or Tories who have a strong bias towards democratic measures.

Liberal Unionists

Those Whigs and Radicals who united, in 1886, with Lord Salisbury and the Conservative party to oppose Home Rule for Ireland. Mr. Gladstone had brought in a Bill to give the Irish Home Rule. Lord Hartington was chief of the Whigs, and Mr. Chamberlain chief of the Radicals, who seceded from Mr. Gladstone's party.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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