backbencher


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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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Nigel Mills spoke out after fellow Tory backbencher Daniel Kawczynski wrote to Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith urging him to review the policy, which docks cash from the Housing Benefit payments of social housing tenants who are deemed to have more bedrooms than they need.
Coleman is backed by a rebel group of backbenchers who are pushing for the overturning of the controversial law changes proposed by Abbott and Senator Brandis.
In an apparent effort to appease Conservative backbenchers calling for tougher measures in the new legislation, Theresa May has tabled an amendment to allow the removal of a UK passport from any person whose conduct is deemed "seriously prejudicial to the vital interests of the UK".
The Labour party is to vote with the government to help defeat an attempt by rebel Tory backbenchers to reimpose work restrictions on Romanians and Bulgarians until 2018.
Part of the role of the backbenchers is to criticise the government.
In the early days of the House of Commons, what seemed to get backbenchers and opposition members really furious was being kept in session too long.
Tory backbencher Douglas Carswell tabled a motion of no confidence in Mr Martin as Speaker, bearing the signatures of 15 MPs from the three major parties.
is for cordless hammer drill: bought for pounds 15 by a Labour backbencher.
Hexham Tory Peter Atkinson retains wife Brione as a part-time office manager and executive secretary, while Blyth Valley Labour backbencher Ronnie Campbell pays his spouse Deirdre as a parttime case worker.
Backbencher Mark Field said if ministers failed to act, having raised the issue in public, they would simply fuel the disillusionment of voters who turned away from the party in Eastleigh.
It is the first time a backbencher has won the award.