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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 Conservatives are under fire after a front-bencher said bed and breakfasts run by Christians should be allowed to turn away gay couples.
Gay Tory front-bencher Alan Duncan says his party - who to Opposition are what Railtrack was to train travel - must modernise on the subject.
To get rid of Ed Miliband in favour of Andy Burnham, who, with the best will in the world, has a limited public profile and is not the leadership finished article, despite being a really good front-bencher, would be the wrong thing to do.
I was the last Labour front-bencher to get a nationalisation commitment into a Labour Manifesto.
The Labour front-bencher was in town ahead of next week's vote, sparked by the resignation of David Miliband.
The senior officer alleged that the Tories and their supporters were "mobilised" against his investigation, which involved last month's arrest of Conservative front-bencher Damian Green.
As a Labour front-bencher he was the party's spokesman on home affairs, defence and transport while the party was in opposition.
Replacement candidate Liz Truss also faced claims of having had an 18-month affair with key member of the Shadow Cabinet, married front-bencher Mark Field.
Front-bencher Mark Oaten quit over rent boy sex claims and last week leadership hopeful Simon Hughes admitted being bisexual - after previously denying he was gay.
The Conservative front-bencher has already received several texts about crime and other topics.
Former jailbird Lord Archer and front-bencher Richard Ottaway stunned diners at a London restaurant last week by loudly slating the leader.
Brave Labour front-bencher Mo Mowlam yesterday revealed the agonising truth behind her dramatic weight gain.