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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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Daniel Johnson's resignation as justice spokesman means beleaguered leader Richard Leonard yesterday lost a frontbencher from both wings of the party.
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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.
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