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backbencher

in Parliamentary procedure, a Member of Parliament who does not hold office in the government or opposition.
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However, there is a growing frustration that Number 10 is not plugged into the views and opinions of many backbench MPs or even interested.
Alan Cummings, secretary of the Durham Miners' Association, said: "Jeremy has spoken at the gala on numerous occasions over the years as a backbench MP, a Labour leadership candidate and as Labour leader.
Chairing a Commons committee, also known as a select committee, is one way for a backbench MP to have considerable influence over the work of Parliament and the House of Commons without a frontbench job as a Minster or Shadow Minister.
Paula Biggar: Backbench MLAs in PEI do not have budgets to run constituency offices.
And in a bid to secure more support Coun Clancy has proposed increasing the number of PS45,000-a-year cabinet members from eight to ten, as well as increase paid roles on backbench scrutiny committees.
Please speak up for me in the Backbench Carers Debate in Parliament'.
I watched my dad that day dust himself off and walk back into the Parliament and sit on the backbench for Question Time," Jessica said.
A good handful of days are set aside for these debates which are decided by a new backbench committee.
However, the chair of the influential Conservative backbench 1922
When the backbench Tory urged him to tell Nick Clegg "who is boss", the PM snubbed her, saying: "I know the honourable lady is extremely frustrated about .