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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Any score less than 99% should keep them on the back benches where they so obviously belong.
Despite Davidson's flop, her critics on her own back benches kept quiet after a week of increasingly damaging off-the-record briefings that plunged her leadership into crisis.
Condemned forever to the back benches, hoist by his own petard, the hapless Fox hunted down by the pack.
Why were the back benches of the Labour party empty during this debate when the politics of Margaret Thatcher's government were instrumental in the lies, slurs, corruption and cover up of this disaster?
1998: A cabinet re-shuffle saw Peter Mandelson become Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Dr Jack Cunningham become Cabinet Enforcer, and Harriet Harman, Frank Field, Gavin Strang and David Clark relegated to the back benches. 2000: The Millennium Dome was sold to a Japanese bank for pounds 105m.
Mr Clegg should resign his cabinet post and regain his seat in the back benches - along with his principles and his self-respect.
He marched from the back benches before picking up the mace and placing it on an empty Labour front bench.
When the next "Yes" vote referendum comes for a real Parliament for Wales we are sure that a return to the back benches will not stifle Peter's support for a full devolution to Wales.
In a personal account of life in the National Assembly - Leeks from the Back Benches - Ms Halford speaks about the contrasting emotions within Labour ranks over the demise of Mr Michael.
A florist who has served on the back benches of Birmingham City Council for only four years was last night confirmed as its new cabinet member for regeneration.
One place comes to mind: the back benches. It's time for a time-out.
No threat of the back benches hangs over their heads should they vote their conscience.