16 Facts About Tory


The Tory ethos has been summed up with the phrase "God, King, and Country".

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The Irish peasantry used the term Tory to refer to an outlaw or a miscreant of any kind into the 19th century.

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However, because later Conservative and anti-revolutionary parties assumed the term Tory, it has been suggested that the word originated from the Irish word toir, meaning to give, grant and bestow; or toirbhearl, meaning efficiency, bounty or munificence.

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Tory was used to refer to a rapparee and later applied to Confederates or Cavaliers in arms.

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Term Tory was first introduced in England by Titus Oates, who used the term to describe individuals from Ireland sent to assassinate Oates and his supporters.

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The word "Tory" had connotations of Papist and outlaw derived from its previous use in Ireland.

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English Tories from the time of the Glorious Revolution up until the Reform Act 1832 were characterised by strong monarchist tendencies, support for the Church of England and hostility to radical reform, while the Tory party was an actual organisation which held power intermittently throughout the same period.

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Party was eventually succeeded by the Conservative and Unionist Party, with the term Tory enduring to become an interchangeable phrase with Conservative.

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Term Tory was first used to designate the pre-Confederation British ruling classes of Upper Canada and Lower Canada, known as the Family Compact and the Chateau Clique, an elite within the governing classes and often members within a section of society known as the United Empire Loyalists.

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Tory strength and prominence in the political culture was a feature of life in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Ontario and Manitoba.

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Stephen Harper, former leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and Prime Minister from 2006 to 2015, regularly refers to himself as a Tory and says the new party is a natural evolution of the conservative political movement.

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Tory has become shorthand for a member of the Conservative Party or for the party in general in Canada and the UK, and can be used interchangeably with the word Conservative.

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In Canada, a Tory refers to a member of the Conservative Party of Canada, while the party as a whole are colloquially referred to as the Tories.

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LGBTory is an advocacy group for LGBT supporters of the Conservative Party of Canada and provincial conservative parties.

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In Scotland, the term Tory is used to describe members and supporters of the Scottish Conservatives, or to accuse other parties of being insufficiently opposed to that party.

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British Broadcasting Corporation's own style guide permits the use of the term Tory, although requires the term Conservative be used in its first instance.

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