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Was the name derisively given to Robert Lowe and nearly 40 Liberal MPs who opposed Lord Russell's programme of parliamentary reform in 1866. They were dubbed by John Bright on 13 March in allusion to the cave of Adullam (1 Sam. 22), where David was joined by the discontented. Their opposition brought about the fall of the government but a further measure of reform was introduced by the Conservative government of Derby and Disraeli.

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