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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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This is a Fine Gael idea and Labour can't allow this to go on BACKBENCHER
Mrs Clwyd, voted Backbencher of the Year by MPs in The House Magazine awards earlier this year, said she was honoured by the award and optimistic about Iraq's future.
One backbencher said: "Many MPs have reservations about going to war without UN support, but they also don't want this to become a vote of confidence in the Prime Minister, so they will support the Government.
For the average backbencher, this isn't something they want to be part of.
One suspects that Mr Brown has made a judgement that he cannot afford to alienate his backbenchers at this point in time, even if it was only a small minority of his party speaking out in protest.
Labour backbenchers see their role on committees as supporting the Government, and with the honourable exception of Peter Law that is how they approach their work.
Labour leader Eamon Gilmore said he was not surprised by Mr Broughan's opposition, but insisted he was confident no other backbenchers would revolt.
Geoff Hoon, Labour's the Chief Whip, will ask a committee of backbenchers to look into the campaign for a referendum on the controversial European Treaty, which Ms Stuart (Lab Edgbaston) is helping lead.
FOREIGN SECRETARY Jack Straw yesterday denied that increasing numbers of Labour backbenchers were uncertain about the case for war against Iraq.
THE First Minister won the unanimous backing of his Labour backbenchers yesterday .
Some backbenchers have accused the Prime Minister of being a "bully" after imposing a threeline whip ahead of tonight's Commons vote.
THE Labour Party has launched an investigation into Birmingham MP Gisela Stuart following an angry meeting of backbenchers.