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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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But the issue which has done most to expose the A-disconnect between her leadership and her backbenchers has been the debate around reform of the A-Gender Recognition Act.
| Staying in the single market and customs union, dubbed Common Market 2.0, put forward by Tory ex-minister Nick Boles and Labour backbencher Stephen Kinnock.
During the assembly sittings, the members - mostly the newcomers - sitting on the backbenchers have often been seen complaining that they do not get the opportunity to speak, alleging that the speaker gives floor only to senior members and those sitting in front rows.
At least two cross-party groups of MPs are planning to table amendments to enable backbenchers to take control of the business of the House to delay or frustrate Theresa May's Brexit plans.
'The presidential council which convened on August 2, has unanimously agreed to elect Johari as the Chairman of the Government Backbenchers Club,' he said in a statement today.
"But the Government is minded not to move out to keep these backbenchers happy."
One backbencher said: "It's something that is being looked at.
"Carwyn is leading a charm offensive in the hope that he can settle down backbenchers who are panic-stricken over the possibility of losing their seats to the Tories at the Assembly election in 2016 - but if he hasn't got any answers, it isn't going to work.
Sir Albert has come in for criticism in recent months following the Kerslake Review, which demanded rapid change of the authority following major failings, and in involving backbenchers in the response.
While the backbenchers are keenly aware that the proposed law changes are opposed by a powerful coalition of ethnic and religious groups, the issue has united leaders from Australia's indigenous, Chinese, Jewish, Armenian, Arab, Korean, Greek, Vietnamese and Sikh communities, all of them calling for the Abbott government's exposure draft to be scrapped, the report adds.
Around 70 Conservative backbenchers have signed a tweaked amendment to the immigration legislation, originally tabled by Nigel Mills MP, which calls on the Government to reinstate restrictions on migrants from Romania and Bulgaria working in Britain until the end of 2018.
Tory backbenchers fear that the Mills amendment will not be called after Theresa May tabled 50 amendments, some of a highly technical nature, to the immigration bill for debate on Thursday.