backbencher

(redirected from Backbenches)
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 ?
But I think we have some outstanding talent in both government parties on the backbenches.
Expect her to get a deputy minister role in place of somebody such as Gwenda Thomas, who could be moved to the backbenches without anybody really noticing.
The Coventry North-east MP's return to the backbenches follows 15-years as a frontbencher - first as a Labour whip in opposition, then ministerial posts at the Home Office and Ministry of Defence.
But the protest continued - with Labour and Tory backbenches joining ranks to say the concession did not go far enough.
At the top of their list is the formation of a formal committee, which would elect its own officers and exist to act as a link between the backbenches and the leadership.
Peter's too good to be languishing on the backbenches," whisper "friends of the MP".
He said: "Labour backbenches will not abandon the poor who have still not been compensated.
His remarks sparked fury among anti-nuclear campaigners and left-wingers on Labour's backbenches.
FOLLOWING the resignation of the English minister for health and publication of the Audit Commission report on the performance of the NHS in Wales, perhaps Jane Hutt should do likewise and retire quietly to the backbenches at the assembly.
Health Secretary Alan Milburn faces opposition from his backbenches and unions, despite claiming the move will "liberate" NHS trusts.
His announcement was met with dismay on the backbenches by many ex-ministers who resented the move.
It took many years of support for the Government from the backbenches before she became an unpaid aide to John Reid, then Defence Secretary, in 2005.