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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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A source close to the First Minister sought to play down the invitation to one-to-one meetings, saying: "This isn't the first time Carwyn has offered to meet backbenchers.
I know some backbenchers have set the agenda out differently but I think over the next year we will get a lot more recognition for the way we have taken forward agendas around safeguarding children and schools.
According to Sydney Morning Herald, NSW backbencher David Coleman, who has a law degree, is understood to be drafting the alternative proposal.
Tory backbencher Andrew Bridgen said Britain had already donated PS600 million - more than the rest of the EU put together - and that admitting a few hundred people would make little difference to such a vast refugee crisis.
This has been tabled by the backbencher Stephen Phillips and is being supported by Labour.
But at least 70 backbenchers and at least one ministerial aide are preparing to rebel.
In the early days of the House of Commons, what seemed to get backbenchers and opposition members really furious was being kept in session too long.
Several dozen unhappy backbenchers - in despair over the Prime Minister's leadership - are urging the Wavertree MP to bid for the chairmanship of the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP).
Allies of the beleaguered prime minister insisted the revolt had fizzled out after most backbenchers rallied around, giving him their backing at a stormy meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) last night.
Other backbenchers echoed his call for the Speaker to go.
It comes as the Government faces another potentially damaging rebellion over tax after backbenchers urged Chancellor Alistair Darling to rethink plans announced in the Budget for big increases in vehicle excise duty on "gas guzzling" cars.