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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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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.
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.
1979: Labour MP Tony Benn was returning to the backbenches, rather than seeking a place in James Callaghan's shadow cabinet -fuelling speculation that he was about to make a bid to become Party leader.
They are the ones least likely to benefit from the various concessions which have been bolted on to this Bill in an attempt to squeeze it past the many doubters on the Labour backbenches.
In 1984, for example, the proposal by the education secretary Sir Keith Joseph to increase parental contributions to student grants was met by massive resistance on the backbenches.
I am sure that if the Labour candidate had got elected and a similar train of events had taken place that we would not have heard a peep form Labour's motley crew of backbench usual suspects who are occasionally, when not cluttering up the Westminster backbenches, found loitering here in Gwent.
Instead, he will use the "freedom" of the backbenches to stand up for Coventry as the coalition government sets about its aggressive pounds 113bn deficit reduction plan.
The former home secretary, defence secretary and health secretar y returned to the backbenches in May 2007.