backbencher


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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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|Having a referendum on any deal agreed by Parliament, suggested by Labour backbenchers Peter Kyle and Phil Wilson.
The International Trade Secretary angrily accused backbenchers of trying to "steal" Brexit from the British people who voted to leave the EU in the 2016 referendum.
James Chin, the Malaysian-born director of the Asia Institute at the University of Tasmania, added: 'Anwar can be a backbencher and be critical of the government.
It would let him get back in the swing of Parliament ...people think he'd be ideal LABOUR BACKBENCHER ON POSSIBLE MILIBAND RETURN
Nigel Mills spoke out after fellow Tory backbencher Daniel Kawczynski wrote to Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith urging him to review the policy, which docks cash from the Housing Benefit payments of social housing tenants who are deemed to have more bedrooms than they need.
Coleman is backed by a rebel group of backbenchers who are pushing for the overturning of the controversial law changes proposed by Abbott and Senator Brandis.
In an apparent effort to appease Conservative backbenchers calling for tougher measures in the new legislation, Theresa May has tabled an amendment to allow the removal of a UK passport from any person whose conduct is deemed "seriously prejudicial to the vital interests of the UK".
The Labour party is to vote with the government to help defeat an attempt by rebel Tory backbenchers to reimpose work restrictions on Romanians and Bulgarians until 2018.
Part of the role of the backbenchers is to criticise the government.
In the early days of the House of Commons, what seemed to get backbenchers and opposition members really furious was being kept in session too long.
Tory backbencher Douglas Carswell tabled a motion of no confidence in Mr Martin as Speaker, bearing the signatures of 15 MPs from the three major parties.
is for bread bin: bought for pounds 20 by a Labour backbencher in 2007.