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front bench

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a. the foremost bench of either the Government or Opposition in the House of Commons
b. the leadership (frontbenchers) of either group, who occupy this bench
c. (as modifier): a front-bench decision
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Among them are several members of the Shadow Cabinet, plus a raft of junior frontbenchers who would rather quit than vote against war on Isis.
Among them are several Shadow Cabinet members, plus a raft of junior frontbenchers who would rather quit than vote against war on IS.
Frontbenchers have also angrily confronted Vince Cable, the party's Treasury spokesman, about his tax reform proposals.
Blue, of course, is the traditional colour of the Conservatives, but it is said to signify authority and has long been a favourite with Labour frontbenchers.
Following yesterday's announcement by Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon that an additional 1,000 troops - and probably more - are to be sent to bolster the British force in southern Iraq, Tory frontbenchers were trying to find out how many more reinforcements might be needed.
A Sunday Mirror investigation earlier this year revealed that 30 of Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith's frontbenchers are holding down 71 moonlighting jobs between them.
The move raised questions about the longterm future of their sister Co-op Party, whose 32 MPs include frontbenchers Ed Balls, right, Stella Creasy and Chris Leslie.
Jim Murphy and Douglas Alexander, two Labour frontbenchers who ran David Mili-band's failed leadership bid, were no fans of Watson, who persuaded sufficient colleagues to transfer votes to crown Ed Miliband.
The Politics Home website has a panel of 100 politicians, journalists and commentators, among them senior ministers and Opposition frontbenchers, which it regularly consults on matters.
Conservative frontbenchers have recorded donations from supporters to fund their private offices running into tens of thousands of pounds over recent months, according to figures released yesterday by the Electoral Commission.
Three senior frontbenchers - justice spokesman David Heath, countryside spokesman Tim Farron, and Scotland and Northern Ireland spokesman Alistair Carmichael - quit to join the revolt.
He said that as a "first step" he was asking all Tory frontbenchers to register any family member paid for out of their MP's staffing allowance from April 1.