Ginger group

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A ginger group is a formal or informal group within, for example, a political party seeking to influence the direction and activity of the organisation as a whole. Ginger groups work to alter the party's policies, practices or office-holders, while still supporting its general goals.

The term derives from gingering a horse to make it seem more lively,[1] or "gingering up" a food or beverage to add flavour or spice.

Ginger groups sometimes form within the political parties of Commonwealth countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, and Pakistan.

A high profile ginger group Our Forests, was established in 2011 by a group of environmentalists, including Jonathon Porritt, to challenge UK Government decisions relating to public forests.[2]

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  1. ^ "A member of the Zoological Society of London", ed. (1828). The Farrier and naturalist vol.I. Simpkin and Marshall. p. 89. 
  2. ^ Telegraph, 11 January 2012