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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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The new leader, who won the job in a bitter contest last week, also announced her front bench team, with defeated main rival Murdo Fraser returning to the back benches as economy committee convener.
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.
Mr Clegg should resign his cabinet post and regain his seat in the back benches - along with his principles and his self-respect.
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.
No threat of the back benches hangs over their heads should they vote their conscience.
But after a series of high-profile but controversial campaigns - including investigations into Teesside Development Corporation and the cost of Operation Lancet - it appeared Dr Kumar was being left on the back benches.
All I can say now, is that a woman who cannot keep her contentious views to herself even when supposedly governed by collective Cabinet responsibility will surely supply all sorts of trouble for the Prime Minister on the back benches.
Others joined in with suggestions as to how the Labour back benches could be filled with the Woodentops, Dusty Miller, Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble wand Grubb, while the Clangers could whistle in the background.
DEPOSED council leader John Mutton said he was proud to have led the council and its Labour group - but said he was now returning to the back benches to be "a grumpy old git".