One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The members of a political party who are in parliament, as distinguished from the party in the country as a whole.
- ‘‘He needed a portfolio with clout,’ said another member of the parliamentary party.’
- ‘Only members of the parliamentary party can be nominated for the position.’
- ‘As he gradually becomes a greater liability, even the most supine members of the parliamentary party will put pressure on him to go.’
- ‘Inherent appears to be a conflict between the organisational party and the parliamentary party.’
- ‘It is the job of the caucus of the parliamentary party to elect a new party leader, so we called a meeting of all the provincial leaders and senior figures.’
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