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backbencher

Brit, Austral, NZ a Member of Parliament who does not hold office in the government or opposition
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Confidence Former Cabinet Minister Clare Short said asking Labour back benchers to break their manifesto promise not to bring in top-up fees would ''decrease the confidence of the public in our party and the promises our party makes''.
Back benchers live in hope of being called by the Speaker at Prime Minister's Questions.
FOX hunting will be banned from July 31, 2006, under a last-gasp deal between the Government and Labour back benchers struck last night.
But her 5, 092 majority is less than half the size the margins being defended by Labour last night, and her intervention is a dramatic reflection of growing unease among back benchers that continuing controversy over Iraq is making their seats vulnerable.
Labour back benchers joined Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy in demanding the Prime Minister comes clean on the row.
Abdur Rashid urged upon the teachers to avoid the concept of back benchers in the contemporary classrooms so that the students should have equal access to the teacher without having any inferiority complex.
Labour MP John McFall (West Dunbartonshire) said the Government should consider "fully public sector solutions" for the Royal Mail in light of opposition from a huge number of back benchers.
Mind you more to come on the back benchers from both sides no doubt.
Many of the MPs were Labour members, this indicates what Government thinks of its own back benchers when during the budget the Chancellor announces a 1p increase in the price of beer.
Mr Field said: "These concerns are different to any others expressed by back benchers.
Most of the great changes in Canada were spurred by opposition members, as well as back benchers in the ruling parties.
Don't let's get too excited about the prospect, but its nice, after 11 years of posturing by Labour front and back benchers, that the birds are finally coming home to roost.