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.[1]

The term derives from gingering a horse to make it seem more lively,[2] or "gingering up" a food or beverage to add flavour or spice.[3]

Ginger groups sometimes form within the political parties of Commonwealth countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, and Pakistan.[4]

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  1. ^ Schur, Norman W. (2013). British English A to Zed: A Definitive Guide to the Queen's English. New York: Skyhorse Publishing. p. 152. ISBN 978-1-62087-577-3. 
  2. ^ See: "A member of the Zoological Society of London", ed. (1828). The Farrier and naturalist vol.I. Simpkin and Marshall. p. 89.  and Shiers, Jessie (2009). Grooming Horses: A Complete Illustrated Guide. Guilford, Connecticut: Knack (Morris Book Publishing). p. 209. ISBN 978-1-59921-390-3. 
  3. ^ Mansour, Muhammad S.; et al. (2012). "Ginger consumption enhances the thermic effect of food and promotes feelings of satiety without affecting metabolic and hormonal parameters in overweight men: a pilot study". Metabolism. 61 (10): 1347–1352. doi:10.1016/j.metabol.2012.03.016. PMC 3408800Freely accessible. 
  4. ^ Lok Sabha Secretariat (1975). Glossary of Idioms, English-Hindi: Containing Idioms, Phrases, and Proverbial Sayings Under Letters A to Z. New Delhi: Lok Sabha Secretariat. p. 98. OCLC 2540350.