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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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Three of Labour's city centre candidates in the upcoming May elections - one of them a Momentum member - have also backed the backbench motion, arguing in a letter to the M.
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.
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
Under the Government's new e-petition rules the Commons backbench business committee must consider allotting time for a debate on any campaign that attracts more than 100,000 supporters.
The Liberal Democrats at Westminster have decided to go down a similar route to Plaid in Cardiff Bay by appointing backbench MPs to shadow Government departments.
Mr Martin, ousted on Tuesday amid anger at his failure to tackle MPs' expenses, bought the property in London's Pimlico for pounds 102,000 in 1990 when he was a backbench Labour MP.
A backbench revolt is threatened in Fianna Fail, the main Irish government party, over plans to abolish the controversial groceries order, which bans below-cost selling by multiples.
BACKBENCH MPs are calling on the Government to raise the age at which youngsters can buy cigarettes.
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.