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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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The new leader, who won the job in a bitter contest last week, also announced her front bench team, with defeated main rival Murdo Fraser returning to the back benches as economy committee convener.
n Leeks from the Back Benches by Alison Halford is published by Jeremy Mills Publishing Ltd of Huddersfield at pounds 14.99.
But after a series of high-profile but controversial campaigns - including investigations into Teesside Development Corporation and the cost of Operation Lancet - it appeared Dr Kumar was being left on the back benches.
All I can say now, is that a woman who cannot keep her contentious views to herself even when supposedly governed by collective Cabinet responsibility will surely supply all sorts of trouble for the Prime Minister on the back benches.
Others joined in with suggestions as to how the Labour back benches could be filled with the Woodentops, Dusty Miller, Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble wand Grubb, while the Clangers could whistle in the background.
DEPOSED council leader John Mutton said he was proud to have led the council and its Labour group - but said he was now returning to the back benches to be "a grumpy old git".
Galloway will be a lone voice at Westminster - a loner on the back benches of the Commons.
Although they are on the back benches, members still adhere to old Labour principles.
Apart from the fact that a lot of us would rather stick pins in our eyes than squat on the back benches, I still remain dubious about quotas and all-women shortlists.
SINCE nearly two million people marched through London against the imminent attack on Iraq - which was dismissed by Blair and his loyal cohorts on the back benches apart from a principled group - the establishment has organised through the police to effectively try and put people off demonstrating against injustice, which is a right in a democratic state.
So instead of backstabbing a Government that is attempting to see us through this recession, start waking up the support for Labour and think of the future (and this includes the Blairites in the Back Benches).
That would have condemned him to the wilderness of the back benches in London.