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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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Any frontbenchers who defy the party whip should be sacked, or else Labour's recent shift towards supporting a softer Brexit will be exposed as a sham.
The other three rebel frontbenchers were fired - Ruth Cadbury and Andy Slaughter, both Shadow Ministers for Housing, and Shadow Foreign Office Minister Catherine West.
In extraordinary scenes former frontbencher John Woodcock and Mr Corbyn's press spokesman rowed in front of the huddle of journalists gathered in Parliament's committee corridor.
Blue, of course, is the traditional colour of the Conservatives, but it is said to signify authority and has long been a favourite with Labour frontbenchers.
Three senior frontbenchers - justice spokesman David Heath, countryside spokesman Tim Farron, and Scotland and Northern Ireland spokesman Alistair Carmichael - quit to join the revolt.
Following yesterday's announcement by Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon that an additional 1,000 troops - and probably more - are to be sent to bolster the British force in southern Iraq, Tory frontbenchers were trying to find out how many more reinforcements might be needed.
A Sunday Mirror investigation earlier this year revealed that 30 of Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith's frontbenchers are holding down 71 moonlighting jobs between them.
Amid a growing rebellion, former Home Secretary Lord Blunkett called on senior frontbenchers not to quit their posts but to stand firm and dare Corbyn to sack them.
A group of frontbenchers is reportedly planning to set up an "unashamedly pro-European campaign group" after disagreements within the shadow cabinet on how to approach the issue.
Summary: Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg is facing a test of his authority as frontbenchers criticise his plans for public spending cuts.
The Politics Home website has a panel of 100 politicians, journalists and commentators, among them senior ministers and Opposition frontbenchers, which it regularly consults on matters.
Conservative frontbenchers have recorded donations from supporters to fund their private offices running into tens of thousands of pounds over recent months, according to figures released yesterday by the Electoral Commission.