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bencher

a member of the governing body of one of the Inns of Court, usually a judge or a Queen's Counsel. See also BARRISTER.

BENCHER, English law. A bencher is a senior in the inns of court, entrusted with their government and direction.

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Abdur Rashid urged upon the teachers to avoid the concept of back benchers in the contemporary classrooms so that the students should have equal access to the teacher without having any inferiority complex.
The Prince is the sixth member of the Royal Family to be called to the Bench as a Royal Bencher and is following in the footsteps of the Queen Mother, called in 1944, and his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, called in 1988.
The other big uprising was over university ``topup'' fees, in January this year, when 72 back benchers entered the No lobby.
His back benchers should tell him to his face his time is up.
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Ms Jowell has already announced a cap of eight on the number of Las Vegas-style ``super-casinos'' to be permitted under her Gambling Bill, following an outcry from churches, Labour back benchers and poverty campaigners over initial plans for a free-for-all.
When they rub shoulders with the Tories in the lobby, the rebels should remember that the Conservatives started their decline when back benchers assassinated their leader, Margaret Thatcher.
Bob Marshall Andrews joined fellow back benchers in urging him to go after claims a second visa for his ex-lover's nanny was ``fasttracked''.
DAVID Banks talks (Daily Post, September 21) of the ``breathtaking hypocrisy of those back benchers who loyally backed Tony over the hunting ban'' yet did precisely nothing about the cruelty to factory-farmed animals.
The government had been happy for market forces to determine the number of new casinos, but concerns that companies might seek to open 150 casinos or more prompted Labour back benchers to ask for the number to be capped.
But her 5, 092 majority is less than half the size the margins being defended by Labour last night, and her intervention is a dramatic reflection of growing unease among back benchers that continuing controversy over Iraq is making their seats vulnerable.