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Conservative connection in prison (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

clink

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Here is my best explanation:

'prison' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'conservative connection' is the wordplay.
'conservative' becomes 'c' (abbreviation commonly used in UK politics).
'connection' becomes 'link' (link is a kind of connection**).
'c'+'link'='CLINK'

'in' is the link.

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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for clink that I've seen before include "Prison - knock glasses together", "Ringing sound - prison", "jug", "1 ac [COOLER]", "Prison (slang)", "Rattle of coins; prison (slang)", "Sound made when hitting glass" and "Old London prison".)

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