backbencher

(redirected from Back bencher)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal.

backbencher

Brit, Austral, NZ a Member of Parliament who does not hold office in the government or opposition
References in periodicals archive ?
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.
The issue was raised by Labour back bencher Chris Ruane, whose constituency includes the home of Yvonne Scholes,in Meliden,Prestatyn.
However, the Prime Minister should move on this matter before being forced to do so by her back benchers, or even ministers, let alone opinion polls.
Tory back benchers are already circling Cameron like sharks round a bleeding carcass.
I find this a strange action by the Government that they will sack one of their back benchers for defying them yet they would not sack Maria Miller who overclaimed around PS45,000 of interest on her mortgage.
PESHAWAR, July 13 -- Call for end to back benchers concept
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.