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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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THE decision to devolve income tax will be seen as a victory for those who pushed within the Conservatives for Wales to be able to set its own rate, which resulted in a row that saw four front bench Tories sacked in 2014.
Both in my new role on the Panel of Chairs and in previously appointing me to the shadow front bench team as Foreign and Commonwealth Minister.
The election of Mr Corbyn, who has not held a front bench position, is an unusual one to say the least.
THE woman who behind the first "people's question" as part of Jeremy Corbyn's new-look PMQs said the Tory front bench looked like "bunnies for the pot".
Mayo's Dara Calleary steps up to the front bench with the Enterprise, Employment and Innovation, while another FF young gun, Cork's Billy Kelleher, gets Transport.
Murphy has seen most of the front bench catching 40 winks in the chamber at some time or another.
Sir Stuart gave up his role as Labour Front Bench spokesman on Northern Ireland to concentrate on the issue and defend the families involved.
Mr McCluskey, the Unite general secretary, condemned "Blairite" members of the Labour front bench, claiming leader Ed Miliband would be "cast into the dustbin of history" if he allowed supporters of former Prime Minister Tony Blair to "seduce" him.
I READ with interest Syd Vaughan's appraisal of the recent Cameron front bench reshue (Mail, July 19) and agree with much - namely the retirement, enforced or otherwise, of the likes of Clarke and Hague.
I watched with incredulity the comments of Dr Tristram Hunt on Question Time last week, wherein, in echoes of his former front bench colleague Emily Thornberry, he spoke sneeringly and with contempt about so many who have benefited from superb education throughout the world from teaching by nuns.
Geoffrey Robinson " Asked if he would consider a position on th front bench under Mr Corbyn's leadership, he said: "I won't comment on that until I'm asked.
NEW Lib Dem leader Tavish Scott has reshuffled his front bench team giving leadership rivals Mike Rumbles and Ross Finnie key roles.