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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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Later today I will return to the backbenches and it will be my first time in 21 years so it's going to be quite a change."
Mrs May later said she will give Mr Johnson her "full support" from the backbenches and paid tribute to her husband in the gallery.
But, I want to say this because I read some stuff in the papers earlier this week about how I would be a nightmare on the backbenches.
Another May critic on the Tory backbenches, Andrew Bridgen, told Good Morning Britain : "At the moment that [language] is unhelpful.
"And if you can't do that, return to the backbenches."
He said: "There are some very talented people I have to say right across the Oireachtas in the backbenches.
The road ahead is always rocky but I will be with you all of the way, cheering you on from the backbenches. You're my friend and leader, and I'm going to do all I can to make sure you win in 2015.
Mr Cameron will also not relish seeing his former leadership rival, who is a darling of the Tory right, on the backbenches where he can become a focus of discontent with the coalition Government.
The rumours go that he will become education minister, with Jane Hutt going to the backbenches after 10 years as a minister, even though this would send a clear message that Labour does not expect her to retain her Vale of Glamorgan seat (majority: 83) at the next election.
Equally, failure to impose his will and move Mr Darling could be seen as a fatal sign of weakness at a time when plotters on the Labour backbenches are thought to be preparing to move against him.
He said: "Labour backbenches will not abandon the poor who have still not been compensated.
And there were rumblings of discontent on the Labour backbenches, with one former minister urging Mr Prescott to consider his position.