Primrose League

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Prim´rose` League

1.(Eng. Politics) A league of both sexes among the Conservatives, founded in 1883. So called because primrose was (erroneously, it is said) taken to be the favorite flower of the Conservative statesman Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The Duchess, who wore gold-rimmed spectacles, and was a person of weight in the councils of the Primrose League, went calmly on with her knitting.
The National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS), presided over by Millicent Fawcett; the Pankhurst-led WSPU; the splinter Women's Franchise League (WFL); the emerging Labour party and trade unions led by pro-suffragette Keir Hardie and socialist-feminists such as Margaret Bondfield and George Lansbury; and - smaller numbered - "respectable" Conservative suffragists and the right-wing Primrose League.
Spurned by their own leaders, rejected by their Liberal friends as traitors, and distinctly uncomfortable alongside the Tories at the smoking concerts of the Primrose League, the Liberal Unionists had to choose between principle and expedience.
Mae'n debyg mai briallu oedd hoff flodyn Benjamin Disraeli ac fe sefydlwyd y "Primrose League" yn 1883 er mwyn lledaenu egwyddorion y Ceidwadwyr ym Mhrydain.
Doedd y 'Primrose League', a ddaeth i ben yn 2004, ddim yn un o hoff gymdeithasau Lloyd George, fel y gellwch ddychmygu!
The same could also be said for County Cricket, the Primrose League and Liverpool dockers.
Compton, it should be remembered, was one of the Primrose League Tories thought to be responsible for the failed Randal Brew putsch against Whitby last year - memorably dismissed by cabinet member John Lines as a boys' rebellion.
The period also saw the emergence of politically influenced brooches, notably the Primrose League, formed in memory of Benjamin Disraeli who had been a great friend of the Queen.
Whitby has let it be known privately that he is not at all impressed by the behaviour of the so-called Primrose League of newly-arrived councillors and candidates who claim to be intent on promoting one nation Disraelian values and discussing issues of great import over sumptuous dinner parties.
Dear Editor, As a female member of the Primrose League I really do object to its description by an anonymous cabinet member as a "boys' club" in last week's Iron Angle.
A group of young, ambitious Tory councillors and emerging candidates have set up their own club, the Primrose League, where they no doubt sit around in finely upholstered leather chairs plotting policy initiatives and tax cuts.
The big news of the day for the country was the National Health Service's pay increases for doctors, dentists and nurses as well as Sir Winston Churchill giving his first public speech for a year at the annual meeting of the Primrose League and South Africa dropping God Save the Queen as its national anthem.