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Short money

noun
  1. (in Britain) the annual payment made to Opposition parties in the House of Commons to help them pay for certain services necessary to the carrying out of their parliamentary duties; established in 1975Compare Cranborne money

Word Origin

named after the Rt Hon. Edward Short MP, Leader of the House of Commons in 1975
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