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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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Opening PMQs, Mrs May told MPs she will continue with her duties from the backbenches and faced several questions about advising her successor, Boris Johnson.
Tory backbench chief Sir Graham Brady said he would "welcome the vote being deferred" until she had a way out of the Irish backstop problem.
Backbench MPs have warned the issue could hit the party's electoral prospects at Holyrood in 2021, and Scottish Secretary David Mundell is understood to have told Downing Street the issue is a red line.
He said the language was born of frustration: "The problem is that there is a lot of frustration on the backbenches at the moment, both among leavers and remainers, at the general state of play.
Alan Cummings, secretary of the Durham Miners' Association, said: "Jeremy has spoken at the gala on numerous occasions over the years as a backbench MP, a Labour leadership candidate and as Labour leader.
Chairing a Commons committee, also known as a select committee, is one way for a backbench MP to have considerable influence over the work of Parliament and the House of Commons without a frontbench job as a Minster or Shadow Minister.
The Backbench Business Committee hears pitches from MPs who hope to get one of the 27 debate slots and explain why the issue they want to discuss is important.
Paula Biggar: Backbench MLAs in PEI do not have budgets to run constituency offices.
THE backbench councillor making an audacious leadership bid is hoping to gain support by creating more top jobs for colleagues.
Rt Hon Paul Burstow MP and Barbara Keeley MP successfully applied for a "backbench" debate on carers to be held on the floor of the House of Commons - this is a debate requested by backbench MPs, rather than called by the Government.
Twelve months ago Bob Le Beau was a winning favourite for Harrington and Fran Berry, who now rely on another son of Big Bad Bob, Backbench Blues, winner of two of his three races this season, including the Nijinsky Stakes at Leopardstown.