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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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Mrs May later said she will give Mr Johnson her "full support" from the backbenches and paid tribute to her husband in the gallery.
Another May critic on the Tory backbenches, Andrew Bridgen, told Good Morning Britain : "At the moment that [language] is unhelpful.
Three of Labour's city centre candidates in the upcoming May elections - one of them a Momentum member - have also backed the backbench motion, arguing in a letter to the M.E.N.
The Backbench Business Committee was created in 2010 to wrest power away from party leaders and allow backbench MPs to force issues which concern their constituents to the top of the agenda.
In a statement issued to all MPs, as part of his campaign to win the role, Mr Mearns said "The Backbench Business Committee has been a vital vehicle to allow the voice of backbench Members of Parliament be heard in the Chamber of the House of Commons and in Westminster Hall.
Backbench MLAs also have an office space provided at the Capital where our legislature is located and share office space in the Government Members' Office.
And in a bid to secure more support Coun Clancy has proposed increasing the number of PS45,000-a-year cabinet members from eight to ten, as well as increase paid roles on backbench scrutiny committees.
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Jessica, who is a Beijing-based lawyer-turned-author also revealed that she pleaded with her father not to attend Question Time on the day he was axed to avoid the embarrassment of sitting on the backbench.
He imposed a three line whip on what started out as a backbench debate on European Union membership.
his determination to face down a backbench Conservative revolt over Europe by