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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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The Backbench Business Committee was created in 2010 to wrest power away from party leaders and allow backbench MPs to force issues which concern their constituents to the top of the agenda.
In a statement issued to all MPs, as part of his campaign to win the role, M r Mearns said "The Backbench Business Committee has been a vital vehicle to allow the voice of backbench Members of Parliament be heard in the Chamber of the House of Commons and in Westminster Hall.
Backbench MLAs also have an office space provided at the Capital where our legislature is located and share office space in the Government Members' Office.
When demands for a debate on Europe surged past the 100,000 mark the backbench committee allotted last Thursday for a full day's debate.
that backbench MPs of all parties should be free to vote in accordance with
For the Lib Dems these will be backbench committees with chairmen, rather than independent spokespeople for each department, as Plaid's Assembly group has.
He has undertaken to have "further consultations" with his backbench critics, many of whom represent rural constituencies and fear for the future of local shops.
Despite these concerns, Paul Martin, in line with previous promises for more backbench autonomy, allowed a free vote on the non-binding motion.
The Cayman Islands parliament has approved a backbench motion for a Government enquiry into Esso Standard Oil SA Ltd.
THE Tories are planning to join a Labour backbench rebellion tomorrow in a bid to force the Government to scupper plans to cut disability benefits.
The heart of the speaker's problems, many Republicans said, is that he had never made an adequate adjustment from minority to majority, from intense backbench opposition to governing.
And one Tory MP warned John Major he could face a backbench revolt if he pressed ahead with the joint proposals.