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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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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.
Following a conversation between Kirsty Williams and Mick Bates they have agreed that he will be relieved of his front-bench duties and his chair of the sustainability committee whilst this matter is being investigated.
Jim Paice, front-bench spokesman on agriculture, who represents part of Newmarket, added: "The primary concern is that the income stream to racing from the Tote is maintained, and though I sympathise with privatisation, I can't imagine a way of doing that while continuing to support racing at the proper level through the Tote.
But Labour front-bench Northern Ireland spokesman Tony Worthington said: "The people of Manchester will find Temple-Morris's words hard to take.
He was made a front-bench spokesman under William Hague but was sacked in 1999 for supporting the repeal of Section 28, a regulation which prevented the promotion of homosexual lifestyles in school.
Power Hain Sitting next to the PM on the front-bench like a nodding bulldog was Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan.
STRAW SET TO STEP DOWN FROM FRONT-BENCH POLITICS JACK Straw is to step down from front-bench politics after 30 years.
His move came after Conservative leader David Cameron told his 96-strong front-bench team to declare more details of their expenses claims.
There was a further blow for Mr Kennedy as it emerged 11 of his front-bench colleagues had signed a letter demanding his resignation.
The party's gain of more than 500 council seats in England scuppered the bid led by front-bench spokesman Crispin Blunt.
Fine Gael front-bench spokesman Leo Varadkar said: "One needs only look at some of the plum appointments over the last number of years to see a wealth of unqualified candidates appointed to state boards and public bodies.
CONSERVATIVE Party campaigns against post office closures have been exposed as a sham by the performance of their front-bench team in their recent debate in the House of Commons.