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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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However, in July she rejoined the front bench as shadow international development minister.
Mr Corbyn said his new front bench is a "government in waiting".
Mr Rees said: "Adam Price has chosen to maintain a private financial interest in a London-based property development group at the same time as he has a front bench role for Plaid Cymru in which he calls on the Welsh Government to make infrastructure investments.
MPs who returned to the front bench after resigning earlier in the year include South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck, the new Shadow Minister for Children and Families.
Ms Haigh, who has moved from being a shadow Cabinet Office minister to a post in Tom Watson's shadow culture, media and sport team, had even been sent a letter from Mr Corbyn thanking her for staying on the front bench after the wave of resignations which saw scores of senior MPs depart in June.
However, there are also many North East MPs in the Shadow Cabinet and front bench.
Mr Corbyn said: "I am pleased to announce the appointment of 21 MPs to our front bench, 14 of whom are women and four of whom are from the black and minority ethnic community.
The calls come after leaks from the disgruntled Liberal party room, which revealed two key front bench Liberals have been offered up as sacrificial lambs to make way for Mr Kelley, who has lived overseas for two decades.
Jeremy Corbyn put the finishing touches to his reshuffle of Labour's front bench by appointing a number of MPs to roles outside the Shadow Cabinet following a spate of resignations.
Mr Hanson was on the front bench for more than 17 years during which he performed a variety of roles.
And the front bench Conservative Party did not look happy bunnies today.
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.