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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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But I think we have some outstanding talent in both government parties on the backbenches.
On returning to the backbenches, he said: "I spent the whole 13 years in government.
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.
It's in nobody's interest to have Mr Hain lurking around on the backbenches with the has-beens and never-will-bes.
An MP since 1983, he held a series of posts as opposition spokesman under Neil Kinnock, John Smith and Tony Blair, but spent just two years at the Foreign Office following Labour's 1997 victory before returning to the 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.
Mr Heseltine, a former Tory leadership contender, said he did not want to stay on the backbenches.
His announcement was met with dismay on the backbenches by many ex-ministers who resented the move.
There has been speculation in recent months that Mr Blair will sit on the backbenches with a number of reports suggesting he will stand down before the next General Election.
Any ban is likely to lead to a legal challenge in the High Court but inaction was not an option for Tony Blair who faced increasing pressure from his own backbenches to make good on Labour's 2001 manifesto promise.
Some 291 MPs, including 203 from the Labour backbenches, have signed a Parliamentary early day motion tabled by Cardiff West's Labour MP Kevin Brennan calling for action to help workers who have already lost out.